More than 20 cats and dogs were saved after a pet store in Hefei, capital of eastern China’s Anhui Province, caught on fire.
The fire broke out at around 6 a.m. on Thursday, according to Anhui News via South China Morning Post.
The animals were reportedly locked inside their cages when the fire started. No one was inside the store at the time of the incident and authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire.
In order to get inside, firefighters had to break down the doors. In a video footage of the incident, they can be seen sawing the shop’s shutters by using cutting equipment.
After entering the store, firefighters quickly brought the animals who were still inside their cages out of the burning building. Some of the animals passed out after inhaling smoke but were successfully resuscitated.
Other firefighters also tried to save one of the dogs that passed out by performing CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and administering oxygen.
They can also be seen attending to kittens, wiping their face with a cloth to clean them up.
Although they saved many animals, three puppies reportedly did not make it out of the fire.
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