NOFD: Rescued dog, 'Brees' expected to live

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
February 15, 2019 - 9:26 pm

The New Orleans Fire Department says a dog they had to revive after a fire is on the mend.

"The dog that firefighters and New Orleans Emergency Medical Services helped to resuscitate yesterday is currently still in the hospital. Doctors say that he is breathing on his own. They are optimistic that he will have a full recovery," Captain Edwin Holmes said in an email.

The dog's name is Brees. He was found "unresponsive and overcome by smoke" at the Esplanade after a fire broke out on the 7th floor of the complex.

The fire was contained, but six apartments were impacted by smoke and/or water.

"Firefighters did a remarkable job of containing the fire to the apartment of origin, yet smoke still permeated the upper floors of the rear wing. Apartments on the floors directly below the apartment of origin will also have to be evacuated due to damage from water seeping down from above," Holmes said.

Scores of residents were evacuated during the incident.

The investigation continues.

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