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Quick-acting firefighters not only saved a unit of a west Salt Lake City four-plex early Tuesday morning, they rescued a puppy from its smoky hiding place.

Salt Lake City Fire Department spokesman Jason Asay said the fire was reported just after midnight at 850 N. Cornell Street (1550 West).

The year-old mixed breed did not initially make it out when the family evacuated the blaze. Responding firefighters quickly doused the fire, which had begun in the unit's kitchen. Firefighters then found the dog, reportedly distressed but still breathing and hiding behind a bed.

The dog was given oxygen at the scene, soon declared bright-eyed and bushy tailed and returned to its owners, Asay said.

The unit sustained about $15,000 in damage and the cause of the fire remained under investigation.

It was not immediately known if the residents would be able to return before repairs are made.

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