MADISON (WKOW) -- Contrary to firehouses in popular culture, Madison firehouses do not have firedogs.
But for a few minutes Sunday morning, a dog named "Duke" got to ride along on a fire call.
It happened when the crew of Engine 10 responded to a fire on the city's north side. A family and two dogs were forced out of their home. One dog, Molly, was caught and returned to her family immediately. The other, "Duke," ran away.
Engine 10's crew eventually spotted him a few blocks away. They picked "Duke" up and were on their way back to the station, when another call was received on the north side.
The fire was out when the arrived, and "Duke" was reunited with his family.
"Rescuing and assisting people always comes first, but pets are important members of every family," said Eric Dahl, MFD public information officer. "Firefighters and paramedics understand this and provide first aid for pets when time allows. Each ambulance in the city carries pet oxygen masks to assist animals that are suffering from smoke inhalation."
The fire department says Sunday's fire on the 1500 block of Comanche Glen was intentionally set, and both police and fire officials are investigating.