(La Porte, IN) - A house fire late last week claimed the life of a pet, despite the best efforts of first responders.
On Friday afternoon at about 12:45, La Porte firefighters responded to a blaze at 606 Gary Ct. near East Jefferson. According to Chief Andy Snyder, the homeowner was in the backyard at the time, when she heard crackling and popping. She tried to rescue her pets inside, but the smoke was too much.
Firefighters took it from there. Snyder says they brought out one dog in pretty bad shape. "They were able to get the dog very quickly," Snyder said, "but unfortunately it was unconscious, not breathing. They did perform CPR for about ten minutes."
However, firefighters were able to rescue three other dogs, as well as a bearded dragon that lived in the basement.
Snyder says the house was badly damaged. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.