Crews unable to revive man caught in burning home - WKRN News 2

Crews unable to revive man caught in burning home

Posted: Updated: Dec 13, 2010 1:28 PM CST
Crews rescued a litter of puppies and their mother from the burning home. Crews rescued a litter of puppies and their mother from the burning home.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Crews were unable to save a man caught in a north Nashville house fire early Monday morning.

The Nashville Fire Department said the man was inside the home located on the corner of D. B. Todd, Jr. Boulevard and Underwood Street when it went up in flames around 1 a.m.

Firefighters told News 2 when they found the man, he was overwhelmed by smoke.

They began CPR immediately but were unable to revive him.

Neighbors said the home was thought to be empty and had no electricity.

"Whoever that was in here was trying to get warm by the fireplace," Kenneth Banks told News 2.  "It had to be."

A female pit bull and her litter of 10 puppies were also found inside the home during a subsequent search.

Firefighters were able to rescue the animals and while overcome by smoke, they were not willing to give up on them.

"At first, we thought most of the puppies were dead, but we gave them [oxygen] and warmth," District Chief George Hickey explained.  "A lot of the firemen took infant [oxygen] masks and individually, you know, administered [oxygen] to some of the puppies and put them all in a group and put a tent over them and put an adult mask with [oxygen] full flow, basically made an oxygen tent."

While one of the puppies did not survive, the remaining puppies and their mother were taken to the fire station in north Nashville.

"I just couldn't see leaving, I mean, it's brutal out there, so I just put all the dogs in my car [and] brought them back to the station," Hickey said.

Fire officials said they hope to find an animal rescue group to help adopting the puppies when they are ready.

News 2 will update the situation both on air and online at wkrn.com.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

The victim's identity was not immediately released.

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