By Richard Ochs
The Superstition Fire & Medical District (SFMD) and the Mesa Fire & Medical Department responded to a mobile home fire just after Noon on April 1, 2019.
Firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 3700 S. Ironwood Road and the first unit arrived in four minutes to find a double wide mobile home with smoke showing.
Firefighters were able to control the blaze in just a few minutes and contain it to the room of origin. The homeowners were away at the time of the fire however, two pets—one dog and one cat—were removed from the home by firefighters.
The dog presented as unharmed, but the cat appeared to have a significant smoke exposure. Firefighters utilized a Fido mask to provide a high concentration of oxygen to the animal. The cat tolerated this procedure for an extended amount of time, indicating that it was experiencing some effects of the smoke exposure.
The animal improved a lot following the treatment and did not appear to have any other injuries.
The fire was contained to the kitchen area of the home with some smoke damage spreading to adjacent rooms.
The initial investigation of the fire revealed that it had started in the kitchen area, however an active investigation is ongoing.
Photo above: Firefighters utilized a Fido mask to provide a high concentration of oxygen to help the cat recover from smoke exposure.