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Wednesday evening, 18 November 2015 at 10:16 pm, the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company along with mutual aid companies, was dispatched in the 60-1 Box Area (Chestertown proper) for the dwelling fire in the 200 block of Byford Drive in Byford Heights. The caller was reporting a fire in the kitchen. At 10:21 pm, first arriving units reported smoke coming from the structure. Upon entry, the crew from the first arriving engine found a room and contents fire in the kitchen with a heavy smoke condition throughout the entire structure. The residents of the house informed firefighters there were still pets inside. This information was passed to the crews working inside and a search was immediately begun. Subsequently, three (3) cats and one (1) dog were removed from the residence. They were all conscious but suffering the ill effects from smoke inhalation. They were immediately turned over to their owners and emergency personnel waiting outside. Using "Pet Oxygen Masks" recently purchased, personnel from the Chestertown VFC and the Kent & Queen Annes Rescue Squad administered oxygen to those animals. We are happy to report all four responded well to the oxygen therapy and will make a full recovery. As fire crews worked inside the house mopping up the fire, ensuring it was out completely, other crews performed smoke removal. There is extensive fire and water damage to the kitchen and smoke damage throughout the house. The residents made arrangements to stay elsewhere and did not require assistance from the Red Cross. The fire was declared under control at 10:38 pm and crews operated for about 90 minutes. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.