Neighbor Saves Pet From Tragedy

Quick action saves pet from fire

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011  |  Updated 1:35 PM EDT
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Neighbor Saves Pet From Tragedy

Mark Brady, Prince George's County Fire/EMS

Spencer, 1 month shy of his 12th birthday, was rescued from a burning Beltsville home by a neighbor who broke out a glass door to allow the dog to escape. The dog was unharmed, however, the neighbor sustained lacerations to his arm.

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A Beltsville, Md., family is out of their home because of a fire today, but thanks to the action of a neighbor, the family pet wasn't lost in the tragedy.

Flames broke out at the home in the 4100 block of Ulster Road just before 10 a.m. Monday.

Units arriving at the scene found heavy fire coming from the two-story home.

Firefighters searching for possible victims had to pull back from the house because a roof collapse appeared imminent.

The only occupant of the home was the family's dog, Spencer.

A neighbor broke the window out of a rear door to allow the dog escape from the burning home.

The 12-year-old pet was not injured and was soon re-united with its owner.

The neighbor sustained minor lacerations.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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