VIDEO: Northern Michigan firefighters rescued a scared and exhausted dog after it fell through the ice on a river last week.
“It’s not always humans we’re called to save; sometimes it’s man’s best friend,” Alpena City Firefighters said in a Facebook post about the incident.
On Friday, Jan. 8, Alpena firefighters were dispatched to an ice rescue for a dog that had gone through the ice on a river. Firefighter Chris Morrison, secured with ropes, broke a path through the ice to reach the dog. “Just before he got to the dog, it gave out a crying-type howl and as soon as he grabbed it, it went completely limp from exhaustion,” the post says.
The post includes a video that shows Morrison being pulled back to the riverbank by a rope while cradling the dog in his arms. A photo in the post comments shows the dog wrapped in a hypothermia blanket and towels.
An intoxicated man caught his Blackman Township home on fire early Wednesday morning, officials said.
Firefighters responded to the fire at a condominium in the 1400 block of Longfellow Avenue at 12:17 a.m., Jan. 13 and found smoke and flames coming out of the building, Blackman-Leoni Director of Public Safety Mike Jester said.
The homeowner was the only resident of the condo and started the fire through careless smoking, Jester said. The man was intoxicated and Jackson County sheriff’s deputies had to keep him from causing issues while firefighters put the fire out, Jester said. He was taken to Henry Ford Allegiance Health to treat his intoxication level, Jester said.
The fire caused extensive damage to the man’s condo, Jester said, adding there was also smoke damage to the attached condominiums.
The Jackson Fire Department and Summit Township Fire Department assisted at the scene. The scene was cleared around 3 a.m.