ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Three dogs were treated for smoke inhalation with donated pet masks after escaping a house fire on Sunset Street Thursday evening.
The Rochester Fire Department was called after smoke was seen coming from the home around 8 p.m. There were also reports of pets inside.
When crews arrived, one dog had gotten out of the house by itself. The remaining two dogs were rescued from the home in need of oxygen.
Paramedics say they carry kits specifically tailored to help pets during emergencies.
"It's very important because it's important to the families," said Lance Hester of AMR. "It's important to the families that their pets they're just like family, just like any of the kids. We love the pets. We love taking care of patients. Our paramedics love taking care of, you know, they will take care of the pets and the family at the same time."
The pet masks used were donated by Project Breathe of Upstate NY.
No one was home at the time of the fire and the cause has not yet been determined.