Unwatched pot sparks rescue of doggy duo
Two small dogs had a lucky escape when they were rescued by firefighters from a smokefilled apartment.
The dogs were inside the St Mary’s Bay apartment when their owners went out on September 6, leaving a pot on the stove.
Neighbours called emergency services at 5pm.
‘‘We could hear a smoke alarm going off and a small dog yapping from inside but we knocked on the door and got no response,’’ a neighbour, who didn’t want to be named, says.
Firefighters had to break down the door to get in.
‘‘It was full of smoke and the guy who went in had to wear breathing apparatus,’’ Ponsonby Fire Station officer Grant Ray says.
One dog was carried out and handed to neighbours.
‘‘The dogs look terrified, they were shaking,’’ the neighbour says.
When the owners of the dogs arrived home they were confused and
the woman panicked, says.
‘‘They said they have two dogs and started looking for the other one.’’
A firefighter went back into the apartment to get the other dog.
Both dogs were uninjured and there was little damage to the apartment.
‘‘The most damage was caused because we had to kick the door in,’’ Ray says.
Fires from unattended cooking are common, he says.
‘‘Always look when you cook and make sure you have working fire alarms.’’
The neighbour is concerned at the lack of action by others who must have smelled the smoke and heard the alarm but did nothing about it.
The fire service is commending those who did call 111.
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