July 4, 2017 by Mary Anne — At 11:21 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, Elk River firefighters (https://www.facebook.com/ElkRiverFire/) responded to a residential structure fire on the 18000 block of Rawlins St NW. First arriving fire units found a fully engulfed fire in an attached garage which was quickly spreading to the living portion of the house. Multiple handlines were deployed and firefighters were able to bring the fire under control.
The homeowners were able to safely evacuate the building although their beloved cat, “Boo”, could not be located. Firefighters were able to locate Boo in the lower level of the house and he was rushed outside where he received immediate medical care.
In 2014, Elk River fire and police received specialized training on animal rescue and first aid. Firefighters were also provided with a specialized first aid kit for providing medical care to animals. This is the first fire response in which this kit has been deployed. After receiving oxygen and a lot of attention, “Boo” was reunited with his family.
Big Lake firefighters https://www.facebook.com/BigLakeFire/?fref=mentions assisted at the scene and the Zimmerman/Livonia Fire District provided citywide coverage during the incident.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Thank you Basic Animal Rescue Training for the training and equipment.
(Note: Boo’s family gave us permission to share this story. We wish him a speedy recovery).
In the photos below, you can see the firefighter holding the oxygen mask on the kitten’s face. The picture on the right shows the red BART bag, with supplies, that the fire department received when they were trained by BART’s volunteers. The fire department has the oxygen tank on hand themselves.
Thank you to the Elk River, Big Lake and Zimmerman/Livonea Fire Departments for making this possible! Thank you to Tony Seibert and Tristan Nicka and others from the inside team as well.