ROXBURY TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A Roxbury Township police officer performed life-saving CPR on a dog he rescued from a house fire Saturday night, according to Roxbury Township Police spokesperson Jen Dillard.
The fire was reported at around 8:20 p.m. at a residence on Rutgers Lane, Dillard said.
When officers arrived on scene, a neighbor was at the front door and had opened the door with a key, but was unable to gain access to the house due to the fire and heavy smoke condition, Dillard said.
Patrolman Steve Strowbridge approached the front door of the residence and could see a dog laying in the living room. He crawled under the smoke and grabbed the dog and brought him out the front door where he began CPR on the dog, Dillard said.
The dog was immediately transported to a nearby animal hospital, Dillard said.
“The last we heard was that the dog was recovering at the animal hospital,” Dillard said.
The fire spread quickly in the residence, Dillard said.
The family was not home at the time of the fire and no one else was injured, Dillard said.
The Randolph Township Fire Official deemed the fire accidental, but is still under investigation as to the cause, Dillard said.
Roxbury Township fire companies were assisted by the Mount Olive Township and Netcong fire departments, Dillard said.
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