LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) – Lakeland Fire Department responded to a house fire at 1029 S Central Avenue. Crews arrived within minutes to find smoke inside. The fire was quickly extinguished and the family got out prior to crews’ arrival.
The family of three children and one adult were taken to Lakeland Regional Health due to smoke inhalation. Officials said although their condition was stable, one of the children had been transferred to Tampa General Hospital.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation and is undetermined. However it appears to be accidental according to the department’s Fire Inspector on scene.
The fire began in one of the children’s bedrooms according to fire officials. The rest of the home received extensive smoke damage.
Family dog also needed emergency medical care
The dog, a family pet, suffered smoke inhalation and was transported to SPCA Florida’s Medical Facility. The dog, a small mixed breed dog, is the first to be treated with emergency medical care as part of the LFD and SPCA Florida’s partnership. The dog received emergency care on scene by the department’s skilled paramedics and firefighters prior to being transported. Once at SPCA Florida, the dog received care including oxygen treatments as well as hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat the smoke inhalation. The SPCA Florida’s Medical Facility is one of only a few in the region to offer this kind of care (e.g. oxygen holding cells, hyperbaric oxygen units, etc.) for pets, particularly for injuries typical in a structure fire.