Eight fire trucks were quick to respond to a house fire in Lower Plenty overnight, after receiving numerous 000 calls.
Black smoke and flames were seen billowing out of the single storey brick unit on Main Road.
Two men were inside at the time. Fire alarms were installed however they weren’t working.
Thankfully one of the men awoke and the pair managed to escape without harm. Paramedics assessed the men for smoke inhalation at the scene.
Firefighters entered the burning building to search the premises for animals. They rescued a Shitzu dog and later revived the pet with oxygen therapy.
The search still continues for a second pet.
Firefighters were praised for their efforts by Commander Dixon for stopping the spread of the fire and minimising damage.
The cause of the fire has been classified as suspicious and police have been notified.