A DOG in its old age was rescued by firefighters as part of a call to a bungalow on the Shropshire/Powys border.

Firefighters from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Oswestry station, joined by colleagues from Ellesmere, had to give oxygen to a 15-year-old border collie following the fire on Tuesday at the property in Porth-Y-Waen.

A spokesman for the station confirmed that the dog, plus its 80-year-old owner, were both given the all-clear for smoke inhalation and warned others to use smoke alarms.


They said: “At 2.31pm on Tuesday, SFRS Fire Control received a call reporting a house fire in Oswestry.

The 15-year-old border collie dog with a firefighter.The 15-year-old border collie dog with a firefighter. (Image: Oswestry Fire Station.)

“Fire crews from Ellesmere and Oswestry were promptly mobilised to the scene.

“An 80-year-old male was assessed for smoke inhalation by FREC trained personnel and paramedics.

“Additionally, a 15-year-old dog was given oxygen after suffering from smoke inhalation.

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““Both owner and dog have made a full recovery

"We would like to remind everyone of the importance of having working smoke alarms and an escape plan in place.

“Stay safe.”