Dog rescued, one cat dies in Van Buren County house fire

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CASCO TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Firefighters were able to rescue a dog Thursday morning in a house fire in Van Buren County.

The fire was reported just before 9:00am in Casco Township on Baseline Road near 70th Street, according to South Haven Area Emergency Services (S.H.A.E.S).

“Seconds count,” says Jim Lindemulder, a firefighter with S.H.A.E.S. “Quite a bit of flames on the front porch in an area by the window. Quite a bit of smoke inside the house.”

Firefighters found the family dog, named Chloe semi-conscious on the bathroom floor.

Firefighters say Chloe had been exposed to smoke, was barely breathing and close to death.

While trying to give her oxygen, they say they faced a problem: the oxygen mask was made for people and wouldn't fit on Chloe's nose, but firefighters came up with a solution.

"Held the nasal canals which has 2 prongs on it," says Lindemulder. "And I just kind of tucked that into her nostrils, and I just sat there and held it."

Chloe was taken to the vet and has since been reunited with her family.

Officials say one cat didn't survive, and another one is missing.

The fire was contained in the living room.

The homeowners were not at home at the time of the fire, which had been reported by a passerby.

The cause of the fire has not been determined. However, crews believe the home is salvageable.

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