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Photo: Firefighter saves puppy from fire

The six-week-old puppy was unresponsive when firefighters found him

By Kirk Brown
Independent Mail

ANDERSON, S.C. — Django survived a close call Wednesday evening.

The 6-week-old pit bull was not breathing when Anderson city firefighters found him inside a burning house on Marion Street, which is near Williamston Road.

But Django's tiny eyes opened as the puppy emerged from the smoke-filled structure cradled in a firefighter's arms.

Photo Kirk Brown/Independent Mail
Firefighter Bruce Reeves, an Anderson Fire Department Engineer gives oxygen to a 6-week-old pitbull 

Another firefighter hustled to a truck to retrieve a medical kit. Then Anderson Fire Department engineer Bruce Reeves fitted a miniature oxygen mask from the kit over Django's nose. The puppy's owner, Wesley Maddox, stood nearby watching and worrying.

After Django started to come around, Reeves handed the puppy and the oxygen mask to Maddox.

Django was home alone when the fire started in one of the house's two bedrooms. Maddox arrived moments before his puppy was rescued.

The fire, which was reported by neighbors shortly before 5:30 p.m., caused moderate damage to the home where Maddox has lived for eight years.

Fifteen firefighters put out the blaze in less than five minutes, said Michael Guest, a battalion chief with city's fire department.

Guest said it appeared that faulty wiring sparked the fire.

Republished with permission from Independent Mail

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