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Police: 'Alert' Resident Rescued Dog from House Fire

Emergency services responded to two chimney fires last week

An "alert" Lacey resident rescued a neighbor’s dog from a fire that left a Forked River home with smoke and water damage, police said.

A resident of Sandy Hook Drive witnessed heavy smoke coming from a home on Tampa Road in Forked River on Feb. 16, police said. Realizing the homeowners were not home, the neighbor ran into the residence and rescued an adult male black lab, prior to the arrival of emergency services.

At approximately 5:53 p.m., Officers Robert Flynn and Peter Donahue responded to a 911 call of a residential chimney fire on the 700 block of Tampa Road.

No injuries were reported, police said.

The Forked River Fire Company responded and was able to extinguish the chimney fire. The Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire.

This was the second chimney fire that the police department and Forked River Fire Company responded to last week.

At approximately 10:11 p.m., on Feb. 13, officers responded to a Bobwhite Court, Forked River residence due to a report of a chimney fire.

Upon the arrival of officers, a large amount of smoke was observed billowing out of the residence, police said.

The Forked River Fire Company responded and determined the fire was contained to the chimney and was extinguished. The owner of the residence had extinguished the fire utilizing a fire extinguisher, police said.

Captain Ed February 24, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Glad he got the dog. I bet the owner was thrilled!
JOHNNY Done it February 24, 2013 at 04:41 PM
After 2 chimney fires Residents with fireplaces & wood stoves should have them cleaned is part house maintance...To have your home burn down from something so avoidable is silly.
lacey long time February 24, 2013 at 06:44 PM
the search still continues for the dog who ran off from the home that burned to the ground in bayville this week. in that case the fire started from unknown reasons in the garage. i,m heading down there again today to help with the search.i cant imagine what that family is going thru not only losing their home but a loved member of their family as well. anyone down by the sylvan lakes area of bayville keep an eye out for a friendly boxer/pit mix.
VoiceofReason February 25, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Glad to hear the neighbor was quick to think about the dog! I've always told my neighbors to bust in if it's safe if anything like that ever happened and get my dog! :) My eyes are out for the boxer pit in Bayville...poor pup
grace March 07, 2013 at 03:32 PM
what a great neighbor...trade ya

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