Dog rescued from Merriam apartment fire, taken to vet to be treated for burns

Overland Park firefighters tend to a dog rescued from an apartment fire in Merriam.
Overland Park firefighters tend to a dog rescued from an apartment fire in Merriam.

When a fire broke out Monday in a Merriam apartment, the only one home was the dog.

Overland Park firefighters rescued the dog, which was suffering from burns. The dog was taken to a veterinary hospital and the condition is unknown.

Fire crews who were first on the scene at the Georgetown Apartments in the 9100 block of 72nd Street saw smoke showing from a two-story apartment building. After firefighters entered the apartment, they found a fire in a ground floor kitchen of one apartment. One of the occupants of the residence was briefly unaccounted for, but later found in another location, according to the fire department.

The damage was contained in the apartment where it started and was knocked down quickly.

No other injuries than those to the dog were reported.

The fire is believed to have been caused by a stove burner that was left on, but the exact cause is still under investigation. The Red Cross helped one resident with temporary housing.