Firefighters rescue man, dogs

CLINTON -- A Monday afternoon fire at a Clinton apartment caused $50,000 in damage, according to a Clinton Fire Department press release.

At approximately 2:35 p.m., Clinton fire crews responded to a report of smoke coming from Apt. 6 at 846 Gateway Ave.. The first units to arrive initially found nothing showing from the exterior of the two-and-a-half story, 12-unit apartment complex. However, as the crews entered the building they found thick black smoke in the specified unit, the press release says.

The building was evacuated. One man and two family dogs were rescued by ladder from a separate upper back patio by fire crews on the scene, the release says.

Though the fire was contained to Apt. 6 of 846 Gateway Ave., a neighboring building was also cleared as some smoke from the fire made its way into the building. The fire was reportedly extinguished in approximately 20 minutes, and crews remained on the scene for two hours.

The occupant of the apartment was gone at the time of the fire, returning later to the scene, the press release says. A family cat was removed from the apartment and given oxygen by crews on the scene, but it did not survive.

The cause of the fire, though still under investigation, is believed to be accidental, beginning somewhere in the kitchen area of the apartment.

The fire is caused $40,000 to the apartment itself and $10,000 to its contents, Clinton Fire said. No human injuries were reported.

Fourteen Clinton Fire personnel with two ladder trucks, one engine, and two ambulances, and five Camanche Fire personnel with one engine and a command vehicle responded to the call.

Clinton Animal Control, the Clinton Police Department, and the Red Cross assisted.