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Firefighters save blind dog

Prince George's County and Charles County firefighters battled a house fire in Accokeek, Md. the morning of Feb. 23, 2013.Family members escaped and the family’s blind dog was saved by the firefighters. (Steve Sterns/Prince George’s County Fire)

When fire broke out in a home in the Maryland community of Accokeek on Saturday, Coco couldn’t see it. He is a tiny Shiatsu, and he is blind.

It was a serious fire, enough to prompt two occupants to escape. Firefighters from Prince George’s and Charles County counties arrived and spent 20 minutes knocking down the bulk of the fire, officials said. But no Coco.

Coco, a blind Shiatsu, gets oxygen from an EMS crew. A Charles County firefighter located the dog in the kitchen in an Accokeek house fire. (Steve Sterns/Prince George’s County Fire)

Firefighters found him in the kitchen, carried him out and handed him to an EMS crew that provided aid, fire officials said. The dog chugged down a “a few breaths of oxygen,” appeared to be fine, and was reunited with his owners, fire officials said.

Mark Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George’s fire department, said the cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but investigators believe the home was void of any working smoke alarms. The fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage, Brady said.

Dan Morse covers courts and crime in Montgomery County. He arrived at the paper in 2005, after reporting stops at the Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun and Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is the author of The Yoga Store Murder.

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