Family dog saved in Freeport fire

Firefighters retrieved and revived a family's dachshund from Firefighters retrieved and revived a family's dachshund from a Freeport home that sustained significant fire damage on Oct. 29 just as Sandy-related repairs were almost completed. While searching the home, former Freeport captain Kevin Etter found the dog, named Peluchi, which was suffering from smoke inhalation. After EMS staff and firefighter Joseph Norman treated the longhaired dachshund, it was seen running around on the lawn soon afterward. | Here's the story Photo Credit: Bill Bennett

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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.

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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.

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The fire appeared to be accidental, Maguire said, and is being investigated.

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