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Heat-sensitive camera helps save dogs trapped in house fire

Posted July 26, 2012

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— Thermal imaging is being credited for saving the lives of three dogs trapped inside a burning home in Roanoke Rapids.

A grease fire started in the kitchen of Jamie Marshall's home while she was out with her family Friday night.

Neighbors called 911, and when firefighters arrived, Teddy, a cocker spaniel, ran out of the house immediately.

"The smoke was so thick, the guys couldn't really find the dogs at that time," Roanoke Rapids Fire Battalion Chief Jason Patrick said Thursday.

But neighbors told firefighters that three other dogs were in the house.

One dog, Sidney, an Australian cattle dog-mix, was hiding under a bed.

Patrick said they would not have been able to rescue the dogs without the thermal imaging camera.

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The device works by picking up differences in heat, including body heat.

The Roanoke Rapids Fire Department has two of the thermal imaging cameras, which are valued at approximately $5,000 each.

"Possibly, the outcome would not have been as good if we hadn't had it," Patrick said.

Marshall and her family are making repairs to their home and hope to be able to move back in very soon.

Meanwhile, the dogs are healthy, and Marshall, a veterinarian, says she is grateful for that.

"They're part of the family," she said.

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  • piaffequeen Jul 27, 2012

    immaannoid-you are a waste of a human being.

  • IMissYouOscar Jul 27, 2012

    immaannoid:

    OBVIOUSLY you have never felt the unconditional love of a pet!

    Great job firefighters!!!!!

  • yellowhorses Jul 27, 2012

    I am not sure why a firefighter needs to risk his human life for a dog. What a waste.immaannoid
    You are so obviously NOT a firefighter, or a cop, or anyone who works with people or animals. The firefighters would consider it a failure to not save any living person/animal that they could.

  • BernsteinIII Jul 27, 2012

    I am not sure why a firefighter needs to risk his human life for a dog. What a waste.

  • savannahn8v Jul 27, 2012

    Love a happy ending!

  • country4ever Jul 27, 2012

    "Is this really "news"? This technology has been around and in use for years, decades, even." wdprice3

    Yes it is....three dogs were saved...duh!!

  • nonPC Jul 27, 2012

    Is this really "news"? This technology has been around and in use for years, decades, even.
    wdprice3

    Yes it is...The technology might have been around for ahwile but local fire companies in small districts could not afford to buy them until recently as prices have come down. Not to mention it is a story about real HEROS that risk their lives to help save people and animals alike.

    We should all give thanks to these brave men and women!!!

  • wdprice3 Jul 27, 2012

    Is this really "news"? This technology has been around and in use for years, decades, even.

  • Warm Soft Dose of Snah Jul 27, 2012

    Great news !!! This is why it's important to donate to local firefighters when they call. Without the money they never would have been able to afford the thermal imaging cameras and this story would have had a terrible ending. BRAVO!

  • bubbasu1 Jul 27, 2012

    How awesome, great job!!

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