New Jersey Firefighters Rescue Puppy from Blaze

Shortly before noon on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 fire fighters were dispatched to the 1900 block of Carmen Street in the East Camden section of the City for a reported dwelling fire with possible entrapment.

The first arriving Units found heavy smoke coming from a two story frame middle of the row dwelling. Battalion Chief 2 Bob Zieniuk reported that he was going to be using all hands and that the companies were stretching 1 3/4 inch lines, the truck company was opening up, and the rescue company was going in for search. Firefighters found heavy fire on the second floor which was quickly knocked down. The ceilings were opened to check for spread and the truck companies were ventilating.

Firefighter John Vincent found a small four week old puppy in the second floor rear room of the burning building and carried it to safety. Firefighter Vincent proceeded to use his air mask to help the puppy with his breathing. Camden EMS units, which were now on the scene, assisted in giving first aid to the injured puppy. The puppy showed no serious injuries and was returned to its owner.

The fire was placed Under Control in twenty minutes and is under investigation by the Camden City Fire Marshal's Office.