Three occupants escape early morning apartment fire in Oolitic, dog perishes from smoke inhalation

OOLITIC – Three occupants escaped an early morning fire at an apartment building located at 209 Hoosier Avenue.

However, despite the efforts of firefighters to save a dog, it perished from smoke inhalation. Firefighters worked several minutes using pet CPR as well as oxygen in trying to revive the dog named Sophie.

Firefighters using chest compressions attempt to save ” Sophie” the dog from an early morning apartment fire.

Lawrence County 9-1-1 Central dispatch received the call at 2:55 a.m. reporting a fire in a kitchen located in the basement of the apartment building.

Firefighters from Oolitic, Marshall and Shawswick Township Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the blaze.

Firefighters found heavy fire and smoke coming out of the basement of the structure.

Firefighters was also able to get a cat safely out without any injury.

“I heard a lot of yelling and screaming about a fire, took me a while to realize what was going on, but then the smoke started coming through my vents,” said Aaron Beasley one of the occupants of the apartment building.

Smoke damage was throughout the building and was extensive fire damage to the apartment building.

American Red Cross was contacted to provide temporary housing for the three occupants.

At this time the cause of the fire is under investigation, firefighters were still on the scene as of 5:00 a.m. completing their clean-up of the fire scene.

Oolitic, Marsahall Township, Shawswick Township Volunteer Fire Departments, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, Seals Ambulance, and Duke Energy responded to the fire.