Family dog saved in Freeport fire
Firefighters retrieved and revived a family's dachshund from a Freeport home that sustained "significant" fire damage Tuesday just as Sandy-related repairs were almost completed, a fire official said.
Former Freeport captain Kevin Etter found the dog after Freeport firefighters responded to the 6:33 a.m. call and searched the home, said Ray Maguire, the department's executive director. The dog, named Peluchi, was suffering from smoke inhalation, he said.
Along with other EMS staff on the front lawn, firefighter Joseph Norman performed medical procedures, such as administering oxygen, which led to the dog's revival, Maguire said.
The longhaired dachshund seemed to come through the ordeal just fine and was seen "running around on the lawn," he said. The family was not home at the time of the blaze.
Repairs on the two-and-a-half story wood-frame dwelling on Miller Avenue, damaged a year ago by superstorm Sandy floodwaters, had been nearly completed, Maguire said.
Around 100 firefighters responded to the blaze, including from Baldwin and Oceanside, under the direction of Freeport Assistant Chief William Walsh.
The fire appeared to be accidental, Maguire said, and is being investigated.