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Woman Critically Hurt, Dog Rescued In San Jose Mobile Home Fire

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Firefighters on the scene of a mobile home fire in San Jose that left a firefighter, dog, and resident all injured. (CBS)

Firefighters on the scene of a mobile home fire in San Jose that left a firefighter, dog, and resident all injured. (CBS)

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A victim of a mobile home fire in North San Jose Thursday morning was transported unconscious to a hospital and a firefighter also suffered minor injuries battling the blaze, a fire captain said.

San Jose firefighters received a call at 11:01 a.m. about the fire at 417 Los Encinos Ave. in a mobile home park located east of North First Street, according to fire Capt. Cleo Doss.

Fire crews pulled the unidentified woman and a dog out of the burning residence and knocked the blaze down at 11:17 a.m., Doss said.

Emergency responders performed CPR on the woman, who was unconscious when taken by ambulance to a hospital, Doss said. She was reported to be in critical condition.

A firefighter suffered minor injuries and was also transported to a hospital, according to Doss.

Battalion Chief Ken McCarthy said two dogs went missing as a result of the fire. One of the dogs was found inside and had CPR performed on it before being transported to an emergency veterinary clinic.

 

When asked how firefighters perform CPR on a dog, McCarthy explained, “They issued a special mask about two years ago just for dogs. It’s a muzzle-shaped mask where we’re able to breathe for them and then just do normal CPR.”

The masks were a gift from a private donor for the fire department.

McCarthy said it’s fairly unusual that the masks get used. He’s only seen it in action a handful of times, but on the bright side, “The dog was breathing and staring to kick a little bit en route.”

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