While a five-alarm fire burned in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood late last night, a team of firefighters worked tirelessly not only to stop the blaze, but to rescue half a dozen neighborhood dogs who'd been trapped in the flames. According to SFGate, emergency responders recovered six dogs from around the neighborhood and brought them to a nearby American Red Cross truck, where they waited with volunteers while others sought out their owners:
Volunteers calmed the shaking pups with hand-fed water and kept them sated with peanut butter-and-cheese crackers and multigrain bars.
One dog, a black German shepherd, was rescued from an apartment across the street from the burning building on Fourth Street. Firefighters raced up five flights to the apartment after a window shattered and the dog began barking.
The dog's owner, Cecilia Pang, came running to the Red Cross truck in tears nearly an hour later. "I couldn't find her," Pang said. "I ran up and down the street, but nobody could tell me where Animal Control was. I thought I would go out of my mind." But then, Pang found her dog waiting patiently for her at the end of a leash, just back from a walk with Red Cross volunteer Allison Biddinger.
Pang and her pup were thrilled to be reunited, and Biddinger told SFGate she and other volunteers will continue working to ensure all of the rescued dogs and their owners get a similar happy ending.