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Dog rescued in Town of Maine fire


Firefighters' fast work led to a special rescue in Marathon County on Thursday.

Before noon, firefighters responded to a house fire on 60th Ave in the Town of the Maine, according to Assistant Fire Chief of Town of Maine Dept. Joe Bozinski.

Bozinski said no people were in the home at the time, but several pets were trapped inside.

"It appeared that there was fire in the basement and quite a bit of it to burn through the floor of the log home," said Bozinski.

South Area Fire District Deputy Chief Steve Meilahn was one of the firefighters on scene.

He entered the home searching for flames, but found something else instead.

"When I found him he was on the floor gasping for breath," said Meilahn.

He had found 13-year-old dog, Tedbear.

"Very limp, so I was able to drag him out of the house, got him outside," said Meilahn.

Firefighters immediately treated the dog with oxygen and rushed him to a nearby vet.

Meilahn, a dog owner himself, says he understands the worry the dog's owners felt.

"Life without a dog is probably no life at all," he said. "They're that much fun."

But quick action by responders led to a quick recovery.

"Thank goodness he's fine now," said Meilahn. "Looking good."

To Meilahn, rescues like this make the job worthwhile.

"We're here to help and this is kind of an exclamation point of a pretty tragic day for the family," he said."

The homeowners say their three cats are missing.

But they say they're happy Tedbear and their two other dogs are safe and sound.

Officials say the cause of the fire is unknown.

They say the home may be a total loss.


MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) - A dog was rescued from a house fire on 60th Avenue in the Town of Maine.

No flames are visible right now, but the area is very smoky.

It appears the fire started in the basement, according to the Town of Maine Assistant Fire Chief.

Fire crews say some floor boards on the first floor of the home collapsed, making it difficult to fight the flames, officials said.

Authorities say no one was in the home when the fire started.  The homeowner tells Newsline 9 a dog was rescued, but three cats are still missing.

There is no word on what caused the fire.

Stay with us for updates.

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