Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 | 5:40 p.m.
A row of onlookers erupted into cheers as North Las Vegas firefighters revived two unconscious puppies trapped inside a burning house this afternoon.
Neighbors and bystanders reported the fire in the 2000 block of Englestad Street, near West Lake Mead Boulevard, about 8:28 a.m., said Capt. Cedric Williams, a spokesman for the North Las Vegas Fire Department. When first responders arrived minutes later, the building was enveloped in flames.
While the fire still burned, firefighters searched the home and carried the two unconscious puppies outside. The crew resuscitated the dogs using CPR.
“The crowd of bystanders and onlookers erupted into clapping and cheers as the dogs responded to their care,” Williams wrote in a prepared statement. “The dogs were running around by the time the firefighters were able to control the remainder of the fire.”
No people were hurt, but the blaze displaced a dozen residents, including six children. The American Red Cross is helping the group.
Firefighters believe the fire was accidentally caused while someone was cooking. It caused an estimated $185,000 worth of damage.