Firefighters keep dogs, cats & birds smoke-free in fire
SLIDELL - A St. Tammany Parish fire chief says firefighters saved six dogs, five cats and five birds from being hurt by smoke from a fire next door.
Chief Chris Kaufmann of Fire District No. 1 says the animals were being boarded at Bow Wow Dog Grooming when a grocery store in the same Slidell strip building caught fire early Sunday.
He says firefighters quickly set up ventilation fans to keep smoke from getting into the grooming business and had the fire out within 42 minutes.
He says there was heavy fire damage to about half of Palms of Slidell, also called the Thompson Road Grocery, and moderate fire damage to the attic of the adjacent Gift Emporium.
Kaufman says a short circuit in a plug-in hand light apparently started the fire.