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Garden hose saves Tampa home, chihuahua Smoky from fire

TAMPA — Firefighters plucked a chihuahua named Smoky from a burning house Saturday evening and extinguished flames that started with a clothes dryer.

Tampa Fire Rescue said Herman Brown, 55, and his wife left a load of clothes in the running dryer when they left their home at 1213 E Emma St.

Neighbor Vender Moore, 34, later heard a noise and went to investigate with a friend. The two men saw smoke coming from Brown's house and heard a smoke alarm beeping.

Moore and his friend, Curtis Harris, 34, took a garden hose and tried to keep the flames at bay until Tampa Fire Rescue arrived. Firefighters, told that Smoky was inside, found him unharmed in a closet.

Investigators said the fire probably started with dryer lint buildup and caused $25,0000 in damage.

Tampa Fire investigators said Moore and Harris' actions probably saved the Browns' home and Smoky's life.

Garden hose saves Tampa home, chihuahua Smoky from fire 12/18/10 [Last modified: Saturday, December 18, 2010 9:23pm]
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