A woman reentered her burning apartment to rescue her service dog in a cooking fire accident late Tuesday. A fire in the Tempe residence had broken out after the woman’s son accidentally left a gas burner on before leaving. The woman and her dog were sleeping. The rescued dog is a seven year-old Shepherd/Rottweiler in service to reduce the woman’s anxiety.
The woman initially left the burning residence but came back to get the dog. She was able to locate him but her path was blocked and she wound up isolated on a balcony. Firefighters had to get them both down and they then administered oxygen and CPR to the dog, who was initially unresponsive. Both the woman and her dog are expected to recover. The woman only had minor injuries and she has been given temporary shelter through the Red Cross.
There was no smoke detector in the apartment, but if there had been one in functioning order it may have provided the woman with extra time to get her dog and vacate the burning home. According to FEMA several thousand people die each year in home fires where there are no smoke alarms.
Besides leaving the the gas on, other causes of fires are having combustible material near cooking surfaces. Some people leave magazines, newspapers and books too close to burners and some store cleaning solvents nearby. Additionally cooking oils can catch fire, so none of these materials should be stored on a stove or too close to gas burners.
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