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GLENVILLE: Shepherd, house cat rescued from smokey basement fire

The Daily Gazette, January 20, 2006
BY MICHAEL LAMENDOLA Gazette Reporter Reach Gazette reporter Michael Lamendola at 395-3114 or

East Glenville firefighters received a special thank you from a resident they saved from a burning house Thursday night: A nice lick on the hand and a furious wag of his tail. 

The dog, a large German shepherd, and its companion, a house cat, were rescued unconscious and unresponsive from the house at 22 Woodruff Road. 

Both had suffered smoke inhalation, but were saved after firefighters gave each oxygen through a mask and CPR. 

Afterwards, the dog, whose name was unavailable, returned to the house with his owners and showed his appreciation, said East Glenville Fire Chief Arnold Briscoe. 

"He ran around and was happy. He came up licked our hands," Briscoe said. The cat remained at the animal hospital. 

The residents were away from the home when the blaze started, Briscoe said, arriving while the firefighters did. The residents, whose names were not available, alerted firefighters that animals were inside. Briscoe said firefighters had to enter the house to find the animals while also battling the fire, which was in the basement. 

"The first floor was charged with smoke and the animals were inside. The cat was inside the front door, the dog on the first floor bed," Briscoe said. 

"It worked out very well. We had good teamwork. One team knocked down the fire in basement and the rescue team went in and looked for animals," Briscoe said. 

The fire was reported at 6:30 p.m. Firefighters quickly knocked it down and cleared the scene at 9:30 p.m. 

The ranch house’s basement had extensive water, smoke and fire damage. The first and second floors had smoke damage. 

The fire is accidental but the cause is under investigation, Briscoe said. 



Firefighters rescue pets 

Scotia-Glenville Spotlight, January 2006
by Marty Bannan• Send email to: 


An East Glenville couple has much to be thankful for. Because of a quick response by the East Glenville Fire Department, Peter and Mary Miranda still a have a home to live in, as well as their 4-year-old German shepard, Dante, and 10-year-old yellow tabby, Jinx. 

On Jan. 19, Mary Miranda arrived home from work at about 6:30 p.m. to find smoke coming from the first floor and basement of their ranch home at 22 Woodruff Road. The first floor was filled with smoke and inside were Dante and Jinx, she said. Miranda estimated that Dante endured the smoke for at least 40 minutes before firefighters were able to rescue the dog. 

According to Fire Chief Arnold Briscoe, firefighters immediately found Jinx behind the front door unconscious, but had to put the fire out before they could enter the building to search for the dog. 

“The Mirandas were quite worried about their pets and wanted to go inside to find them, but it was too dangerous for us to permit that,” Briscoe said. 

The firefighters entered the basement and located the blaze, quickly knocking it out. Afterward, they searched the home and found Dante on a bed groaning. 

The firefighter wrapped Dante in a quilt and carried him to safety. 

According to Briscoe, nether animal was conscious or breathing well when fire-fighters got them outside. 

“They were in tough shape, but we resuscitated them by administering 100 percent direct oxygen and by massaging their torsos,” Briscoe said. “We get lucky some times, especially with cats. They seem to bounce back quick, just like children.” 

The animals were then rushed by police car to a veterinarian clinic in Burnt Hills. 

The Mirandas credit the fire department’s quick arrival for their pets’ survival and for sustaining only minimum smoke and water damage, thus allowing them all to move back into the undamaged section of the house on Tuesday. 

“The fire department’s response time was fantastic. They arrived in only a couple of minutes,” Peter Miranda said. “We want to thank both the fire department, the Glenville Police and several of our neighbors for all of their help and support. We are so happy to be back home with our pets.” 

Briscoe said he believes the fire started by accident as a result of spontaneous combustion of flammable materials inside. He added that a report on the results of the county’s final investigation is expected. 

In other news, firefighters from Thomas Corner Fire Department put out a small blaze at the Heritage Arms retirement community on Jan 22. 

The fire, which took place at about 12:30 p.m., allegedly started after a cigarette was thrown in to a planter containing a plastic shrub. The planter caught fire, releasing smoke, but firefighters quickly arrived and put out the fire before it caused any damage. Residents of the facility were in no danger at any time, police said. The fire is still under investigation.



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