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 ( 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.


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.