Fire crews rescue iguana from Oregon house fire

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— Fire crews slipped an oxygen mask over the face of a 20-pound iguana after rescuing the creature from a house fire in Oregon. PENDLETON, Ore.

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The person was unharmed. Pendleton Fire Department Assistant Chief Shawn Penninger tells the East Oregonian (http://bit.ly/2mxreR2) that only an adult human and the reptile were home at the time of the fire on Friday afternoon.

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in Pendleton, Ore. (Kathy Aney/East Oregonian via AP) Although the home was damaged, the family – and their 20-pound iguana – were not hurt. In this Friday, March 10, 2017 photo, Pendleton firefighter/paramedics Craig Murstig, left, and Marc Proctor give first-aid oxygen to an iguana rescued from a burning house on Southwest Goodwin Ave.

The fire department on Saturday said they didn’t know the iguana’s name.

Investigators say a preliminary investigation shows the cause of the fire to be improperly disposed smoking material.

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Penninger says crews removed the iguana from the heavily damaged home and gave it oxygen.
An estimate of damages to the home — where a family of three lives — also wasn’t available.