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Posted on Sat, Feb 2, 2013 : 3:39 p.m.

Firefighter injured, dog rescued during house fire in Ann Arbor

By Cindy Heflin


Firefighters leave a house on Manchester Road in Ann Arbor after extinguishing a fire Saturday.

Courtney Sacco |

One firefighter was injured battling a house fire on Manchester Road in Ann Arbor Saturday.

Broken glass cut the Ann Arbor firefighter's hand, and he was taken to the University of Michigan Hospital for treatment, Battalion Chief Robert Vogel said. The firefighter was still at the emergency room about 6 p.m. Vogel Said.

Firefighters rescued a dog suffering from smoke inhalation and gave it oxygen, Vogel said. The animal's condition appeared grave when it was first taken from the house.

"He couldn’t move. He just kind of laid there gasping for air," Vogel said. But after firefighters administered oxygen, the dog began barking, he said.

It was at least the second pet rescue by Ann Arbor firefighters in just over a week. Firefighters saved two dogs from a fire at an apartment house on Jan. 25.

Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire, which started in the kitchen in the 2300 block of Manchester Road. Although the blaze was contained to the rear of the home, there was smoke and water damage throughout, Vogel said.

No one was home when the fire broke about 3 p.m., but a resident arrived about the same time firefighters did, Vogel said.

The cause of the fire was still being investigated Saturday evening.

Photographer Courtney Sacco contributed to this report.

Below is video of the fire uploaded to YouTube by Chris Bidlack:

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Cindy Heflin is associate news director at Contact her at 734-623-2572 or or follow her on Twitter.



Mon, Feb 4, 2013 : 3:38 p.m.

Wow...takes a long time to get the water going. Is that normal?

Linda Peck

Sun, Feb 3, 2013 : 3:18 p.m.

I am so thankful the dog was saved.


Sun, Feb 3, 2013 : 2:48 p.m.

Thank you to all the brave firefighters who risk their lives every day to save ANY life!! You are much appreciated!!

Steve Hendel

Sun, Feb 3, 2013 : 12:19 p.m.

Are these firefighters risking death to save the family pet?


Mon, Feb 4, 2013 : 2:54 p.m.

That would have gone over real good with the ASPCA and the HS. String out the FD for that one. FD risks their lives every day to save a human and to save the pet. We keep ours in one room when we are gone so they can get outs if need be. Otherwise, just glad they are there.

Rugeirn Drienborough

Sun, Feb 3, 2013 : 2:34 p.m.

Yes. That's what they do. Appreciation is in order. Or do you think they should have stood by and let it die?


Sun, Feb 3, 2013 : 6:04 a.m.

I hope the firefighter's hand heals quickly! Thank you for helping out the dog! I'm quite concerned about all the fires. I'm glad this one didn't completely destroy the home.


Sun, Feb 3, 2013 : 1:18 a.m.

Good luck to the injured firefighter and thanks for all the great effort from AAFD on behalf of man and beast! It seems to be a recurring theme lately.


Sun, Feb 3, 2013 : 12:51 a.m.

Thankfully, this time it was only a hand.

Ann English

Sun, Feb 3, 2013 : 12:38 a.m.

Wow! A BIG dog was rescued!


Sat, Feb 2, 2013 : 11:36 p.m.

whats with all the fires?


Mon, Feb 4, 2013 : 3:17 p.m.

There are always more fires when it is cold outside!! Alternative heating methods, more indoor cooking, more electrical use, and the fact that more people are indoors so there are going to be more accidents that happen indoors.


Sun, Feb 3, 2013 : 6:43 p.m.

I was thinking the same thing. I am also thinking of how many dog rescues there have been as well. Glad the FF was ok. A few stitches and he will be as good as new.


Sun, Feb 3, 2013 : 3:19 a.m.

I was thinking the same thing; I've lived here a long time and we have never had this many fires in the winter.


Sun, Feb 3, 2013 : 3:06 a.m.

I'm wondering that also. I don't remember reading about this many local fires ever. I wonder if it has anything to do with the extremely cold temperatures. I do know several to be involved with fireplaces and wood burning.

Courtney Sacco

Sun, Feb 3, 2013 : 2:07 a.m.

in my experience as a news photographer there are always more fires during the winter


Sat, Feb 2, 2013 : 11:22 p.m.

The dog began barking! Sweet.


Sat, Feb 2, 2013 : 11:21 p.m.

Did Jase Gravelle make another pet rescue?