Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Poodle's bark alerts Dover residents to blaze


The Buddy system saved the six of them.

Awakened early Thursday by the racket of Buddy the poodle barking his furry white ears off, Brian McIntosh figured that one of the thoroughbred horses he raises had gotten loose.

McIntosh, 47, bolted for the back porch. But it wasn't a loose horse. It was a fire, building fast.

He scrambled to wake up his mom and dad, wife, daughter and nephew and get everyone out of the house to safety.

They escaped the fire, though it wasn't easy.

His dad, who is disabled, had to be pushed out in a hospital bed.

McIntosh credits his 4-year-old poodle for saving their lives.

"There ain't no question about that," he said.

Fire crews responded shortly after 3 a.m. to a call about the fire at 10121 McIntosh Road. Crews saw flames coming through the roof and quickly spreading from one end of the home to the other.

It took about an hour to get it under control. By that time, the damage was done. The house was totaled. Much of what was inside was badly scorched.

• • •

After calling firefighters, McIntosh first tried to fight the blaze with a garden hose.

"I thought I was going to get it out before they got here, but it just regenerated," he said.

The fire crawled up to the roof and quickly engulfed the home.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The American Red Cross will help the family with clothing and temporary housing.

McIntosh, who joked and laughed on occasion while talking about the fire, said he was thankful it didn't turn out worse.

"We're all alive," he said. "I can clean up and start over."

Poodle's bark alerts Dover residents to blaze 12/08/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 8, 2011 10:34pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Trump reveals that he didn't record Comey after all


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared Thursday he never made and doesn't have recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI director James Comey, ending a monthlong guessing game that he started with a cryptic tweet and that ensnared his administration in yet more controversy.

    President Donald Trump said Thursday that he didn’t record his conversations with James Comey.
  2. Lightning fans, don't get attached to your first-round draft picks

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — When Lightning GM Steve Yzerman announces his first-round pick Friday night in the amateur draft at No. 14, he'll invite the prospect onto the stage for the once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity.

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) eludes  Montreal Canadiens left wing Phillip Danault (24) during the second period of Wednesday???‚??„?s (12/28/16) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  3. Investigation Discovery TV show profiles 2011 Landy Martinez murder case


    The murder of a St. Petersburg man will be featured this week on a new true crime series Murder Calls on Investigation Discovery.

    Jose Adame sits in a Pinellas County courtroom during his 2016 trial and conviction for first-degree murder. Adame was convicted of first-degree murder last year for torturing and then executing his boyfriend as he pleaded for his life in 2011. Now it will be featured in a new true crime series Murder Calls on Investigation Discovery. The episode will air on June 26 at 9 p.m. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  4. Uhuru mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel protests exclusion from debate


    ST. PETERSBURG — Jesse Nevel, the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement candidate for mayor, on Thursday demanded that he be allowed to participate in a July 25 televised debate between incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and challenger Rick Baker.

    Mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel holds a news conference outside the headquarters of the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday to protest his exclusion from the mayoral debate. Nevel is a member of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement.
  5. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman also has top-9 wing on his wish list

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — Much has been made about the Lightning's interest in bolstering its blue line, even after last week's acquisition of defense prospect Mikhail Sergachev.

    Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman gestures as he speaks to the media about recent trades during a news conference before an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning, over the past few days, have traded goaltender Ben Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings, forward Brian Boyle to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and forward Valtteri Filppula to the Philadelphia Flyers. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TPA101