Updated: Pets saved from burning veterinary surgery

Echo: Firefighter Ben Manning, sub officer Karl Smith and firefighter Wayne Davey, of White Watch, Leigh, with a dog rescued from Medivet in Eastwood (Picture from Essex Fire and Rescue Service) Firefighter Ben Manning, sub officer Karl Smith and firefighter Wayne Davey, of White Watch, Leigh, with a dog rescued from Medivet in Eastwood (Picture from Essex Fire and Rescue Service)

FAST-ACTING staff rescued terrified pets from a burning veterinary surgery this afternoon.

Vets and nurses gathered four cats and three dogs into boxes and evacuated them after a suspected electrical fault sparked a fire at Medivet in Eastwood at about 1.40pm.

Lisa Pethurst, fire safety officer for the vets in Eastwoodbury Lane, said: “It was a good team effort. We got all the animals out and all the staff out.

“As soon as we saw there was smoke we dialled 999 and evacuated.”

The fire melted one room, destroying thousands of pounds of equipment and almost causing an explosion as flames neared the building’s gas boiler.

The 24-hour surgery’s 16 staff wrapped the evacuated animals, which included a cat being treated for a fever and a dog which had a foreign body inside it, in blankets and comforted them in the car park as firefighters in breathing masks tackled the blaze.

Station Officer Al Green, of Southend Fire Station, said: "Fire crews from Southend and Leigh were called to a fire in the vets this afternoon.

“The fire had broken out in the kitchen on the first floor of the building. Crews wearing breathing apparatus entered the building to extinguish the fire.”

For the full story see Tuesday's Echo.

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3:00pm Mon 7 Jan 13

lucy10 says...

ANY HOT DOGS
ANY HOT DOGS lucy10
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3:15pm Mon 7 Jan 13

sosad 1 says...

fire and smoke are not funny
fire and smoke are not funny sosad 1
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3:59pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Natter says...

I hope they got the animals out safely :(
I hope they got the animals out safely :( Natter
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4:15pm Mon 7 Jan 13

toyahmax says...

And the staff
And the staff toyahmax
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5:23pm Mon 7 Jan 13

benfleetgeeza says...

if they have to treat your cat for smoke inhalation do they charge you for that? my dishwasher cant catch fire she quit smoking for the new year!
if they have to treat your cat for smoke inhalation do they charge you for that? my dishwasher cant catch fire she quit smoking for the new year! benfleetgeeza
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5:23pm Mon 7 Jan 13

benfleetgeeza says...

if they have to treat your cat for smoke inhalation do they charge you for that? my dishwasher cant catch fire she quit smoking for the new year!
if they have to treat your cat for smoke inhalation do they charge you for that? my dishwasher cant catch fire she quit smoking for the new year! benfleetgeeza
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6:46pm Mon 7 Jan 13

another council tax payer says...

lucy10 wrote:
ANY HOT DOGS
you are very funny and i wish i could be like you NOT
[quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: ANY HOT DOGS[/p][/quote]you are very funny and i wish i could be like you NOT another council tax payer
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7:10pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Max Impact says...

lucy10 wrote:
ANY HOT DOGS
I take it by your name you are 10 years old, but that makes no diffrence to me you are still a stupid moron.

Would you make jokes if it was somebodys house, what if it was yours would it be alroght for us to joke about it?

Think its your bed time I hope the bed bugs bite.
[quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: ANY HOT DOGS[/p][/quote]I take it by your name you are 10 years old, but that makes no diffrence to me you are still a stupid moron. Would you make jokes if it was somebodys house, what if it was yours would it be alroght for us to joke about it? Think its your bed time I hope the bed bugs bite. Max Impact
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7:20pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Natter says...

toyahmax wrote:
And the staff
Well yes of course :) goes without saying
[quote][p][bold]toyahmax[/bold] wrote: And the staff[/p][/quote]Well yes of course :) goes without saying Natter
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10:43pm Mon 7 Jan 13

x2k says...

Glad all the staff & animals got out safely!
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This is a brilliant surgery and, although we use the Thorpe Bay branch, the Eastwood branch provides a vital out of hours service.
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The staff here are wonderful and have helped us out on a few desperate occasions.
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Hope they can continue at one of the other branches while the Eastwood branch gets patched up!
Glad all the staff & animals got out safely! -- This is a brilliant surgery and, although we use the Thorpe Bay branch, the Eastwood branch provides a vital out of hours service. -- The staff here are wonderful and have helped us out on a few desperate occasions. -- Hope they can continue at one of the other branches while the Eastwood branch gets patched up! x2k
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11:48pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

lucy10 wrote:
ANY HOT DOGS
Morons like you, are the first to complain about the fire service...
[quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: ANY HOT DOGS[/p][/quote]Morons like you, are the first to complain about the fire service... Carnabackable
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8:13am Tue 8 Jan 13

Max Impact says...

Carnabackable wrote:
lucy10 wrote:
ANY HOT DOGS
Morons like you, are the first to complain about the fire service...
I don't think this pathetic thing will respond or if it dose it will just be a winge and that we should "get a life" makes you wonder what they would say if god forbid animals had died.
[quote][p][bold]Carnabackable[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: ANY HOT DOGS[/p][/quote]Morons like you, are the first to complain about the fire service...[/p][/quote]I don't think this pathetic thing will respond or if it dose it will just be a winge and that we should "get a life" makes you wonder what they would say if god forbid animals had died. Max Impact
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10:01am Tue 8 Jan 13

mikepaterson says...

Wow there are some miserable people here. Nobody got hurt, No animals were hurt, and yet you berate somebody for a bit of fun. Grow up the lot of you!
Wow there are some miserable people here. Nobody got hurt, No animals were hurt, and yet you berate somebody for a bit of fun. Grow up the lot of you! mikepaterson
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3:08pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Max Impact says...

mikepaterson wrote:
Wow there are some miserable people here. Nobody got hurt, No animals were hurt, and yet you berate somebody for a bit of fun. Grow up the lot of you!
Yes true nobody or animals were hurt but do you seriously think a fire is a laughing matter?
[quote][p][bold]mikepaterson[/bold] wrote: Wow there are some miserable people here. Nobody got hurt, No animals were hurt, and yet you berate somebody for a bit of fun. Grow up the lot of you![/p][/quote]Yes true nobody or animals were hurt but do you seriously think a fire is a laughing matter? Max Impact
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4:51pm Tue 8 Jan 13

ricardo62 says...

mikepaterson wrote:
Wow there are some miserable people here. Nobody got hurt, No animals were hurt, and yet you berate somebody for a bit of fun. Grow up the lot of you!
your a tool !!!!
[quote][p][bold]mikepaterson[/bold] wrote: Wow there are some miserable people here. Nobody got hurt, No animals were hurt, and yet you berate somebody for a bit of fun. Grow up the lot of you![/p][/quote]your a tool !!!! ricardo62
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8:21pm Tue 8 Jan 13

another council tax payer says...

mikepaterson wrote:
Wow there are some miserable people here. Nobody got hurt, No animals were hurt, and yet you berate somebody for a bit of fun. Grow up the lot of you!
you`re so grown up
[quote][p][bold]mikepaterson[/bold] wrote: Wow there are some miserable people here. Nobody got hurt, No animals were hurt, and yet you berate somebody for a bit of fun. Grow up the lot of you![/p][/quote]you`re so grown up another council tax payer
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