- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - A western Maryland woman whose beloved dogs died in a house fire has raised enough money to buy pet oxygen masks for 21 Washington County fire companies.

Ranee Baker’s two basenjis (bah-SEN’-jees), Kylie and Cricket, died of smoke inhalation after a fire at her Hagerstown home in 2012.

The death of her dogs inspired the 44-year-old Baker to do what should could to prevent other pets from dying. In less than two weeks, Baker raised $2,600, enough to buy pet masks for the 21 county fire companies that didn’t have them.

The Herald-Mail reports (https://bit.ly/1AUTDxH ) that Baker delivered the first of the $75 masks to the Hagerstown Fire Department on Thursday. She plans to get the rest of them to the other departments by the end of the weekend.

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Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., https://www.herald-mail.com

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