“It’s just a relief,” Two dogs rescued from apartment fire

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Two dogs were saved from a metro apartment fire, just in time, Wednesday afternoon.

Bob Moore Chopper 4 was over the scene at the Woodscape Apartments near Meridian and Northwest 39th.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department said the fire heavily damaged three apartments, but the good news is no one was hurt.

Despite heavy smoke and heat, two dachshunds, Sherlock and Gretchen, survived.

"They're my two little best friends," said Jeff Anthony, the dogs’ owner.

"They're a little shaken up, I'd say," said Julianne Persa, Anthony’s girlfriend.

Around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon, Anthony got a gut-wrenching phone call from a relative.

"And, said 'Hey, are you at home?’ I said no. He said 'Are you still in your apartment?' And, I said yeah. He said 'Oh, you might want to get home. Your apartment's on fire,' and I said, oh, crap," Anthony said.

He rushed home with his two pups in mind.

"I like the stuff that's in my apartment, but I just wanted my dogs out. That was the only thing. When they said 'Oh, we didn't see any dogs,' and I said 'You guys, can we go look for my dogs?' and they said ‘We're going back up,’” Anthony recalled.

There were tense moments as they waited.

"I wasn't expecting to see the dogs. That's for sure," Persa said.

Then, the unexpected happened.

"They came back out with their cage, and everyone started cheering and clapping for the fire department," Anthony said.

After being given oxygen, the two were released back to loving arms.

"It's just a relief,” Anthony said. "The fire department told me, when they went inside, they were buried under a blanket. They said that probably saved them the most.”

"A dog is family to people, so we were happy to be able to get in there and get those out. It's about a quick response," said Benny Fulkerson with the fire department.

We are told the fire started on the second floor on the balcony.

The cause is still under investigation, but it has been classified as "accidental."

Fulkerson later said damage estimates are around $120,000 for the structure and $28,000 for the contents.

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