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Firefighters' helmets burning as they rescue dog

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PHOENIX - Phoenix firefighters whose helmets were burning due to intense heat inside a burning house rescued a dog which they had to resuscitate once they got it outside.

Fire Capt. Ruben Saavedra says the dog was barely breathing when firefighters found it, but that its condition showed signs of improvement after about 20 minutes of oxygen.

Saavedra says four teenagers were asleep in the home early Monday morning when one woke up to smoke and fire. That teenager awoke others in the home and they all got out through bedroom windows.

"They came up to my window and knocked and told me the house was on fire," said Amber Rodriguez, a neighbor.

The garage collapsed, debris was everywhere -- the house gutted and the back yard in ruins.  PFD believes this was an electrical fire, while neighbors say there was renovation going on without a permit.

"They run too many circuits off one breaker that caused the electrical fire.. it was overloaded," said Vince Rodriguez, a neighbor.

That's why it is so important to get a building permit and have safety inspectors make sure the job is done right.

In the end, a close call.

What did she think of having this happen so close to her?

"Scary, because it could easily transfer this way," replied Rodriguez.

Saavedra says there were no injuries to firefighters or to the teenagers.  He said the home didn't have any working some detectors and it was a total loss.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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