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By Craig Braack

Family dog saved after firemen use Pet Rescue Mask at Wheeler house fire

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Nobody was home, a second dog perished in the fire

On Wednesday April 19th at 10:13am the Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched for a report from a passerby of smoke coming from a house at 8760 State Route 53 in the town of Wheeler in the Bath response area. The caller was unsure if anyone was home at that time and then reported that smoke was then coming from both floors of the home.

Bath Assistant Chief Brady Hill was first on scene to verify the report of light smoke coming from the home and upgraded the call for a second alarm assignment which summoned mutual aid from Bath VA fire, Prattsburgh, Avoca, Kanona, Hammondsport, Savona and Pulteney as well as the Bath Volunteer Ambulance Corps. There were other calls for standby from the departments responding to Bath to cover their areas while they were at the Bath fire. Assistant Chief Hill then requested New York State Electric and Gas to the scene to disconnect the power and also for the Steuben Fire Investigation Team to the scene.

There was no one home at the time of the fire, however one of the family’s dogs were lost in the fire while a second was rescued and revived using the Pet Rescue Mask that was donated to the department. The mask is designed to fit over the nose of the pet to administer oxygen. The second pet was ten taken to a veterinarian, but we have not been advised of any update.

The firefighters entered the home to find heavy fire in the kitchen which extended into the second floor. The aggressive attack of the first interior crews stopped the flames from spreading throughout the home. It was estimated by Assistant Chief Hill that less than 1,500 gallons of water were used to bring the fire under control but there was still heavy fire and smoke damage throughout the home. The Steuben Chapter of the American Red Cross was called in to assist the family.

The fire appears to have started in the kitchen area but the exact cause is currently under investigation by the Steuben Count Fire Investigation Team.

Photo courtesy of John Walczak.

Respectfully Submitted, John Conrad Sr.

Public Information Officer The Bath Volunteer Fire Dept. Email:

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