CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Officials say a fire that destroyed a West Side apartment building is suspicious.
The fire broke out Monday morning at an apartment building at 201 Beuhring Ave.
No people were injured in the fire, but Charleston firefighters rescued two dogs from the burning building. A third dog was unaccounted for.
Capt. Chris Cooper, a Charleston Fire Department shift commander, said that fires that break out during the day are typically considered suspicious. The fire was "intense" when firefighters arrived on scene, he said.
Cooper said the department commonly rescues and treats pets at fires. Fire victims are usually more concerned about their pets than their possessions, he said.
One of the rescued dogs, a 5-month-old pit bull named Neela, was unresponsive when firefighters pulled it from the building. Firefighters resuscitated the animal and it was taken to an area veterinarian clinic.
"We pretty much brought the animal back to life," Cooper said.
The dog's owner is 15-year-old Autumn Mooney.
"That's the only thing that matters," the Capital High School sophomore said of her dog's rescue.