Three Firefighters Hurt Battling Blaze in Intense Heat

July 17, 2012 Updated Jul 18, 2012 at 7:16 AM EDT

By John Borsa

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Three Firefighters Hurt Battling Blaze in Intense Heat

July 17, 2012 Updated Jul 18, 2012 at 7:16 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Three Buffalo firefighters were sent to hospitals Tuesday night from the scene of a house fire in the city's Kaisertown Neighborhood.

"One is burned, one has a dog bite," said Division Chief Don McFeely. "We got a dog out and it bit one of the members of Truck Five."

Other firefighter collapsed from exhaustion, most likely due to the high temperatures, which were in the mid-80's at the time of the fire.

The call came in just after 6 p.m. to the home on Weiss Street off Clinton Street.

A number of other pets were also rescued from the burning home, including two cats and a lizard. Damage is estimated at $50,000.

A cause is under investigation, McFeely said.

Extra crews were called to the scene as a precaution so firefighters could be rotated and rest in the intense heat.

"We encourage guys right off the bat when they come on shift -- in fact even at home -- to drink a lot of water to start themselves because again this equipment we have on, it holds the heat in and with a humid day like this here within a few minutes the guys get knocked down pretty fast," McFeely said.