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Off-Duty Firefighter Risks Life While Saving Dog from House Fire

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Even though nurses, doctors and first responders do get precious down time, they are never really “off” the job. If an emergency crops up — even outside their working hours — they’ll likely spring into action and attempt to remedy the situation.

That was the case for one off-duty firefighter in Phoenix, Arizona, who spotted a house fire and called it in on Aug. 18.

The house was near 12th St. and Glendale Avenue, and the owners of the home were out, so it’s a good thing the fireman noticed the flames.

He also noticed that even though the owners weren’t home, there was an occupant trapped inside: an apricot-colored dog who looked like a poodle or poodle mix of some sort.

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Rushing into the house, the firefighter managed to rescue the dog even though he was burned in the process.

Next-door neighbor Brain Baker said that the fire spread to his property.

“The light bulbs were popping,” Baker said, according to KTVK. “It looked like someone was making popcorn in the backyard.”

“We came outside. I looked to the neighbor’s house next door. It was engulfed in flames.

“The air conditioner started exploding. Lights in my backyard started popping off. An when I looked in my backyard, my backyard was going up in flames.”

“It was pretty bad, but thank God no one was injured,” Baker concluded.

While the unnamed off-duty firefighter did go to the hospital, he was able to drive himself.

The Phoenix Fire Department shared a recap and photos from the rescue and fire.

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“Phoenix Firefighters responded to a working house fire in Central Phoenix today,” the PFD posted on Facebook. “They were able to contain this rapidly expanding fire to the house where it originated and kept it from extending to nearby homes.”

“An off-duty Phoenix firefighter (not pictured) was first on the scene and rescued a dog from this fire. The Firefighter sustained a minor injury, but we’re happy to report that both the firefighter and the dog are in stable condition.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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English und ein bißchen Deutsch
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