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Guide Dog Leads Brick Resident From Fire

No injuries in kitchen fire at apartment complex

A Brick woman's guide dog led her out of what could have been a very dangerous situation on Friday.

Authorities say a visually-impaired woman, Dana Vass, was led out of her residence at the Waterside Gardens apartment complex by her guide dog after a fire broke out in her apartment.

At about 2 p.m. Friday afternoon, the Breton Woods and Pioneer Hose fire companies responded to an apartment fire in Building 4 of the Waterside Gardens Apartment Complex on Schindler Drive, Fire Marshall Kevin Batzel said.

Vass, 42, was home by herself and cooking pizza in the oven when it accidentally caught fire, said Batzel.

"She was notified by the smoke alarm which activated in the residence, and her guide dog Boomer started barking," he said.

Boomer, a 2 year-old Beagle and Labrador mix, led Vass out the front door of the apartment to safety. Vass and the responding fire authorities credited both Boomer for his specialized training in the situation, as well as Vass' having a properly-working smoke detector in the apartment for the happy ending.

“The damage was contained to the oven and there was a smoke condition in the apartment, but the occupant was allowed to return after the residence had been properly ventilated by the fire department,” Batzel said.

Batzel said having working smoke detectors in one's home year-round is of key importance and a potentially life-saving safety measure.

2much2say August 18, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Aww, these dogs are awesome!, they are so smart. It amazes me! :=) <3 <3
MILITANT ANTI-THEIST August 18, 2012 at 09:53 PM
get a microwave or order from Capone's...
Kathy Bottone August 18, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Aren't they, though? Such a happy ending to what could have been a sad event.
2much2say August 19, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Kathy, I know great outcome. I love animals they're so smart and can learn anything. They truly amaze me!!!!!! :)!
Art Sholty August 19, 2012 at 12:23 PM
It was God who gave the homeowner and dog the knowledge to perform life saving together with the help from my brothers of the FD. After 27 years as a paid firefighter Captain in North Jersey, I know what I'm talking about.Wether you know it or not, God is looking after you even though you hat him. GOD created the person and the dog and together they combined to save themselves..................not a microwave as you stated. Thank our Creator, go to church and give thanks, you need it real bad.
Hope Van Sickle August 19, 2012 at 01:57 PM
What an Awesome outcome!!! God Bless all involved!!
MILITANT ANTI-THEIST August 19, 2012 at 06:28 PM
@sholty... Where was your creator when jews were being marched into ovens during the holocaust? Where was your creator when humans were jumping out of the world trade center on 911? Where was your creator during the 04" Tsunami? I know, he was saving all his powers to save this woman and her pooch. Your creator is non existent and even if you want to beLIEve in him ask him to wake up and start acting like he is all powerful. Bozo!
Chu-Man-Fu August 19, 2012 at 07:24 PM
To Art and Militant: your religious beliefs (Art) and your insults (Militant) really don't belong here - Although you are entitled to post what you want when and where you want you shoulld just be thankful that this woman was able to survive and escape to live another day! Whether is is attibutable to "Divine Intervention" or not there is no need for this B.S. ! And yes, BTW, God Bless All involved - and I'm glad she is safe !!!!! And Kudos to the people who trained the pooch and provided her with him !
Chu-Man-Fu August 19, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Oh, and BTW Militant - I hope one day you get to meet our non-existent creator and he finds the time to sock his foot up your ignorant arse ......!
MILITANT ANTI-THEIST August 19, 2012 at 07:47 PM
@chu... Typical ignorant statement from a gullible fairy tale believer. I thought the church was firmly against violence? You want the invisible man in the sky to physically assault me? Perhaps you can ask the talking snake to bite me as well... pathetic
Sal Petoia August 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Militant: Don't know if you have any faith at all, but there are things that happen that defy explanation. My mother was dying of cancer in 1972. My wife was also due any day to have our fifth child. Mom kept asking if the baby had been born yet because she desperately wanted to see her tenth grandchild. But she died 10 days too soon. One day when our fifth was about three years old, she came walking down the hall singing a song which I recalled from my own childhood. Since neither my wife or me had taught her the song, we asked where she learned it. She replied, "From the nice lady who visits me at night." By this time my father had passed, and we had the sad task of clearing out the house I was raised in prior to selling it. One night we were gathered at my sister's house going through some photos recovered from the old house when our fifth picked up a photo and exclaimed, "This is the nice lady who visits me at night!" It was a picture of my mother taken at such a very young age that my sister and I almost didn't recognize her. To say we were stunned would be an understatement! I believe that mom did get to see and know her granddaughter. So you go ahead and continue to disbelieve, but as for me, I'll stand with Art Sholty on this one!
2much2say August 19, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Thank the people who have trained these animals and be thankful that they are helpful in life. You can be thankful for anything "god" doesnt have be the reason why.
MILITANT ANTI-THEIST August 19, 2012 at 11:44 PM
I just can't get over how gullible the religious are, you really want to, and will, believe anything. I'm going to get my palm read tonight, I'm going to see if the psychic can contact the spider I killed yesterday and I'm going to have her tell the spider I'm sorry. Woogaboogabooga !
GMC 00069 August 20, 2012 at 04:44 AM
come on be real.... everyone deserves to be able to live life to the fullest, done speak like that!
Betty Ann August 20, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Sal, great message from your Mom. Most of us really do believe in divine intervention. Perhaps if we just ignore those that post the offensive comments, they will go away in time.
Sal Petoia August 20, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Betty: Thank you. There is probably no way an atheist would believe what happened with my daughter, but the story IS true. Unless our "resident atheist" has a logical explanation (and not his or her usual response that we are crackpots), I would have to say that I do believe my mother came back from wherever and got to meet her granddaughter. My conclusion is that there is a hereafter, and every once in a while those on the other side are allowed to come back. BTW, I had a life long friend who was a very strong atheist, referring to Christianity as a myth.... until he had an experience himself that altered his thinking. He died about two months after revealing his experience, but I am certain that he died as a believer.
Art Sholty August 20, 2012 at 04:59 PM
@ Sal Petoia, Thank you and AMEN . Art Sholty
Betty Ann August 20, 2012 at 05:16 PM
No problem Sal. Also, Art, regarding "get a microwave" comment". I'm hoping they meant to get a microwave so as not to use the oven next time. But, you never know with some people, right?
Art Sholty August 20, 2012 at 05:16 PM
@ Sal Petoia, "The Lord detests the way of the wicked but he loves those who pursue righteousness." _____Proverbs 15:9
Chu-Man-Fu August 20, 2012 at 07:05 PM
To Art: I meant no offense when I said earlier that your religious beliefs didn't belong here - I simply meant that religious (along with political view points) should generally not be expressed in a public forum because there will always be some moron that can't help but insult a person's beliefs and faith. I AM a God fearing man - As far as "militant" goes perhaps his prayers weren't answered when he asked God for a new tricycle or doll to play with (perhaps as recently as last week). His comments are pretty much representative of what is wrong with society. Nothing to believe in = no concept of all of the good that occurs in this world ..... Sad, but I'll bet he is devoted to the very pieces of cotton fiber that state: IN GOD WE TRUST
MILITANT ANTI-THEIST August 20, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Hey Chu, so an atheist is a bad person? Just keep in mind that 99.9% of the prison population AREN'T atheist. You will also have the company of pedophiles that gave their soul to Christ when you get to the imaginary gates..... I thank god for making me an ATHEIST.....
2much2say August 20, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Chu, you were on the right path to say that religious & political views shouldnt take place in topics like this. Family & friends do not even speak of these topics as it complicates things. Everyone is entitled to believe what they want for whatever the reason maybe. Bottom line is there is always some controversy one way or the other. Don't judge as you don't want to be judged. ART to say someone is wicked b/c they don't believe in a god is so wrong it's disgusting. What I believe is wrong with the world today is way too much to write but it has nothing to do with believing or not believing. Also, for those who think because you may not believe in god doesn't mean that you don't believe in something. Also, Chu, I'm sure you were asking Santa for that doll or truck not praying to god for it. I do have a question, since we tend to thank god for all the good he has done for us. Who to we "thank" /blame for all the terrible things in the world such as hunger, shelter, disease 911, etc?
2much2say August 21, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Chu, change your patch name a lot? Umm......

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