Known by some as Victoria’s “fairy dog mother” Heidi Uresti-Sanchez, a pet sitter, was not at home when a fire started. When she found out, she rushed home and watched as Victoria firefighters administered oxygen to four dogs and a cat in front of her house. Firefighters could not resuscitate one of the last animals recovered from the fire, a black house cat named Ben. It was so sad to watch them try and then when he couldn’t be revived, help her wrap Ben up as she said goodbye. I’ve never covered a fire where pets were rescued and treated like this. A firefighter I knew talked to me afterwards explaining that it’s pretty unique that they have the little masks for pets so they can treat them at fire scenes. It isn’t required, but they were donated and now all our engines have them to help pets when needed.

Lieutenant Brad Madigan administers oxygen to a cat rescued from a fire at 1704 N. Vine St. in Victoria.

Officer David Brogger comforts Heidi Uresti-Sanchez as firefighters treat pets rescued from inside the home where a fire occurred at 1704 N. Vine St. in Victoria.

Patrick Becker, Paramedic Engineer, left, carries a cat away accompanied by Heidi Uresti-Sanchez , right, from the scene of a fire where it was rescued at 1704 N. Vine St. in Victoria.

Cody Langridge, Firefighter, pets a schnauzer rescued from a fire at 1704 N. Vine St. in Victoria.

Cody Langridge, Firefighter, administers oxygen to a schnauzer rescued from a fire at 1704 N. Vine St. in Victoria.