CHICAGO — Firefighters rescued a puppy from a burning building on the South Side Tuesday, authorities said.
A fire broke out and spread to three buildings in the 7600 block of South Eggleston Avenue in Greater Grand Crossing sometime before noon, according to the Chicago Fire Department.
The Fire Department initially thought the fire started in vacant homes, but they found one of them wasn't so empty after all.
Firefighters from Truck 18 conducting a final search of one of the buildings found a puppy they estimated to be 6 to 8 months old and took him from the home, Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said.
They rescued the puppy from a building that sustained considerable damage, though it wasn't the building where the fire started, Langford said.
The dog appeared to be healthy but was thirsty and hungry, said Langford, who said he didn't know whether the puppy is a stray or has an owner.
"He seems to be a very friendly and well-natured little pup," Langford said of the dog, which appears to be a mixed-breed.
The Fire Department called city's Animal Care and Control Department, and while many firefighters said they wished they could take the puppy home, some have dogs of their own and can't take in an additional pet, Langford said.
No injuries were reported from the blaze, the Fire Department said.