POUGHKEEPSIE – A fire in a two-family house on Tuesday evening displaced six tenants and injured a pet dog. The fire on Dean Place occurred around 5:35 p.m.
Members of the Poughkeepsie Fire Department were assisted by the Arlington and Fairview Fire Departments at the scene of the fire that damaged the upstairs portion of the dwelling. The first-floor residence sustained substantial smoke and water damage. A family of five resides on the first floor and the second floor has one tenant and a pet dog.
The upstairs tenant was not home at the time of the blaze but his dog sustained injuries as a result of smoke inhalation. The canine was removed from the dwelling by firefighters who, assisted by Mobile Life personnel, spent several minutes performing CPR and giving the dog oxygen.
At the request of first responders, the Mid-Hudson News reporter on the scene called the Arlington Animal Hospital in the Town of Poughkeepsie and asked if they would stay open past 7:00 p.m. to accept an emergency case. The hospital agreed and the unconscious canine was transported to the veterinarian by a City of Poughkeepsie police officer. The condition of the animal has not been released.
City of Poughkeepsie Fire Chief Joe Franco said there were no injuries to civilians or firefighters at the scene. “The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation,” Franco added.
Video of first responders at the scene, including some personnel working on the canine: