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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 lamend@dailygazette.com.


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.