Reunited: Fire department resuscitated man’s two dogs after fire

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An apartment fire in Manhattan, Kansas on Wednesday morning may have destroyed a man’s personal belongings, but thanks to the Manhattan Fire rescuers, the owner’s two dogs were able to be resuscitated and reunited on Wednesday.

Alex Bruan, owner of the two friendly pitbulls named Lila and Ducky, had been out of town when the fire started. Firemen were able to get the dogs safely out of the apartment giving them oxygen at the scene. The department posted a video on their Facebook page showing the dogs being revived using specialized masks and massages to help them regain consciousness.

“We have these, we call them Fido bags,” explained Battalion Chief Keith Hubbert. “They have stuff in there for animals.”

Lila and Ducky were revived and transferred to the Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University and are being treated for smoke inhalation. Check out their videos and stop by the Facebook page of the Manhattan Fire Department and give them an “attaboy.”

Dogs Rescued from Apartment FIre

Great news! Ducky and Lila are doing well after being pulled from the fire this morning on Garden Way. Thanks to COM Animal Control and KSU Veterinary Health Center for assisting. Posted with dog owner's permission. With City of Manhattan, Kansas – Municipal Government and Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Posted by Manhattan Fire Department on Wednesday, April 18, 2018


It’s possible the dogs may have jumped on the stove and started the fire. Here they are reunited with Alex:


Dogs saved from morning fire in Manhattan reunited with owner.

Posted by James Ryan KSNT on Wednesday, April 18, 2018


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(Photos via FB Manhattan Fire Department)




4 replies
  1. Adrienne says:

    Thanks for saving this man’s dogs. There are so many untold happy stories of animal rescues and hope more are written about.

  2. Red says:

    Amazing, firemen save dogs, mailmen pets dogs…..cops shoot them. Why are the ones who are to PROTECT US, kill animals?

  3. Nancy Raymond says:

    HUGE THANK YOU to the wonderful firemen of Manhattan, Kansas for saving Lila & Ducky – they are only alive because of your heroic efforts. I am sure Mr. Braun is grateful to all of you.


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