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Santa Monica Firefighters Resuscitate Small Dog After Apartment Fire

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In your weekly news of dogs being too pure for this earth, a small dog was resuscitated via "mouth to snout" CPR from a fireman after a fire in his owner's apartment knocked him unconscious, according to KTLA.

The fire occurred Tuesday in an apartment building near Santa Monica High School. After the firefighters opened the roof to allow smoke to pass through, they noticed an unresponsive dog in the apartment. The dog, named Nalu, was unconscious for 20 minutes before the CPR allowed him to breathe and walk again. The fire itself was put out in 10 minutes. Nalu's owner, Crystal Limirand, is a nurse and said she now "knows how family members feel when they watch us do CPR on their family members." Limirand's apartment was destroyed in the fire, but she's grateful Nalu survived. She's also thankful for how many people have been reaching out to help.

The fireman responsible for saving the dog is Andrew Klein, who said this is only the fourth or fifth time he has resuscitated an animal as a part of his job. Klein explained how he's "been on a number of animal rescues like this that did not come out in the same way Nalu's story did," and that "it was a win for the whole team."

The fire's cause is still under investigation.