US firefighters who spent 20 minutes performing mouth-to-snout resuscitation on a dog they rescued from a burning apartment are being hailed as heroes.
The dog’s owner, 35-year-old Crystal Lamirande, had just returned to her Santa Monica, California apartment on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) when a neighbour yelled there was a fire.
Lamirande frantically tried to save her dog, a 10-year-old bichon frise/shih tzu named Nalu, but the smoke was too thick for her to go inside, she said. 
Moments later firefighters arrived and Lamirande told them her dog was trapped inside.
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That’s when firefighter Andrew Klein sprang into action, getting on all fours to search the apartment for Nalu as another firefighter sprayed water to keep the flames at bay. Klein found the unconscious dog a few feet from the fire in a bedroom.
“He was totally lifeless,” …
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