Fish fights flames, avoids fry, saves school
Last update: 01 February 2004
EAGAN, Minn. -- A smoke alarm summoned firefighters to a school in the middle of the night, but when they arrived the flames already had been put out. Dory took care of it.
Dory is a fish, a Betta kept in a vase on a desk in a third-grade classroom at Trinity Lone Oak Lutheran School.
A forgotten candle started a small fire on the desk on Jan. 24, setting off the smoke alarm and shattering the fish bowl, spilling enough water to put out the flames.
Firefighters found a few embers still glowing on the desk -- and Dory still alive in a puddle.
"It was certainly looking distinctly unhappy," firefighter Al Taylor said of the little fish.
Firefighters put Dory in a new container, and now the children in the class are excited about their little hero, said teacher Linda Krienke.
"Each of them wrote a story from the fish's point of view, how his Friday night went. He saw the fire, and then he got real hot and then his vase broke and he fell on the floor and the fireman came in and saved him."
The room was heavily damaged by smoke, so the students and their little mascot were moved to the school music room.
Dory, named for the sidekick who helps find a kidnapped fish in the movie "Finding Nemo," is "quite a survivor," Krienke said.
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02-01-2004, 03:56 PM #1
Minnesota--Small Firefighter Saves School...if you beleive this09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
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04-01-2008, 11:01 AM #2
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Yep this fish they let us keep and they got a new one we have it at our fire sta #2 and it is still alive to this day
04-01-2008, 11:16 AM #3
Hey, is that fish interior firefighter certified!
It wasn't in there alone, freelancing?
All joking aside, it's amazing the number of fires that don't progress because of this type of unexpected intervention.My posts reflect my views and opinions, not the organization I work for or my IAFF local. Some of which they may not agree. I.A.C.O.J. member
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