Three Suffolk police officers came to the rescue of a dog that was trapped in a house fire in Deer Park Monday morning.
The officers were then treated at South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore for smoke inhalation after battling thick black smoke upon arrival to 205 Home Avenue around 11:45 a.m.
There was also a cat inside that escaped on its own.
According to police, the officers, Zakary Goldbach, Joaquin Castillo and Justin Oshea were responding to a 911 call at the property when they came upon black smoke bellowing from the house — and a worried resident.
The resident, who had escaped the fire, informed the officers about the dog and cat inside.
The trio entered the home and found the dog, picked it up and ran it outside. They then searched to the cat to no avail before discovering it had fled the house on its own.
The dog was reunited with its family outside and there were no other injuries reported.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.