Teen Trapped in Basement, Three Dogs Rescued from Burning Long Island Home

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ISLIP TERRACE, NY – Police in Suffolk County say a woman and three dogs were rescued from a house fire thanks to the efforts of first responders who responded to the Islip Terrace home on Sunday.

Police said off-duty Suffolk County Police Officer Jared Gunst, who is a First Assistant Chief with Islip Fire Department, responded to a house fire located on Cleveland St., at approximately 11 a.m.

“Responders were told a 19-year-old was trapped in the basement and Islip Terrace Firefighters Matthew Arthurs and Danny Blasucci broke the window and pulled her out. She was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries,” police said. “At the same time, Officer Gunst, along with Islip Fire Department Chief Alden Schroeder and East Islip Fire Department Firefighter Michael Hand, located the three dogs inside. Gunst, who is part of the police department’s Medical Crisis Action Team (MedCAT) and recently participated in medical training to aid police canines, provided advanced medical support to two of the dogs.”

In all three dogs and a young woman were rescued from the blaze by first responders.

“Emergency Service Section officers placed the dogs in harnesses and carried them to waiting police vehicles. Third Precinct Police Officers Michael Byrne, Garry Cina, and Nicholas Lane transported the animals to Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island in West Islip while Police Officer Eileen Nieves provided aid to one of the dogs during the transport. All three dogs are expected to survive,” police said.

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