A dog who was close to death following a fire is being fostered by one of the firefighters who saved her.
London Fire Brigade (LFB) crews were called to a fire at a flat on Forest View Road in Manor Park.
The raging fire severely damaged part of the bedroom of a ground floor flat.
One woman left the property before the arrival of the Brigade. She was treated on scene for smoke inhalation by London Ambulance Service crews and taken to hospital.
Station Officer Dean Ivil, who was at the scene, said:
“When crews arrived there was a fully developed fire in the ground floor bedroom. They were met by a woman outside who told them that her dog was still inside the flat.
“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the flat and tackled the fire before carrying out a thorough search. They lifted the bed and found the lifeless body of Millie the Jack Russell underneath.
“They quickly bought her outside and attempted to revive her.
“They gave her oxygen and used cold water to cool her body temperature, and after 10 minutes she showed signs of life. She eventually regained consciousness enough to start walking and was taken to the local emergency vet.
“After a short stay there, her owner has agreed she can be fostered, and she is now happily staying with Leading Firefighter Jamie Trew who is the firefighter who found her.
“It’s a lovely ending for what could have been a tragic story and if her owner decides it’s best, Millie has a forever home with Jamie and his family.”
The LFB was called at 21:52 hours, and the fire was under control by 22: 31 hours.
Two fire engines from Ilford Fire Station attended the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Brigade and the Metropolitan Police Service.
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