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Man & puppy rescued from fire

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Picture courtesy Wayne Township Fire Department. Picture courtesy Wayne Township Fire Department.
Picture courtesy Wayne Township Fire Department. Picture courtesy Wayne Township Fire Department.
Picture courtesy of viewer Jonathan Rottler. Picture courtesy of viewer Jonathan Rottler.
INDIANAPOLIS -

Workers at a business strip mall on the west side helped a man escape from a fire.  Fire crews later also rescued a puppy.

About 1:50 a.m. Wayne Township Fire crews were dispatched to a building fire at 4955 W. Washington Street. 

Investigators say four people were moving furniture in a business in the strip mall, "Shandoggs Smoke Shop", when they noticed the smell of smoke. They discovered a fire next door in a pet grooming shop. They stated they heard someone in the business, so they began knocking out the windows in an attempt to help the occupant out.

Eventually, they located a man inside and drug him out of the front door just prior to responders arriving on scene. He was transported to Wishard Hospital for smoke inhalation. Officials say he was talking to EMS personnel during transport.

When fire fighters arrived they found heavy fire showing from the front of the business "Peek-A-Paws Pet Grooming".

Fire crews rescued a small puppy, named Sugar, from the fire. He was in good condition. The puppy was turned over to the buildings owner.

The fire was under control in about 20 minutes.

Three out of four businesses locations in the strip mall were occupied. The third business was "Labor Finders". All 3 businesses suffered fire and smoke damage.

Total damage estimates are approximately $75,000. The pet grooming shop was a total loss.

 Fire investigators are still trying to determine a cause.

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