Troopers rescue dog from burning building in Ocean County

    Image courtesy of the New Jersey State Police.

    Image courtesy of the New Jersey State Police.

    New Jersey State Police troopers rescued a dog from a fire that consumed an appliance store in Ocean County late Saturday afternoon.

    Troopers Thomas Rende and Ryan Labriola from the Tuckerton Station were dispatched to a fire at Anchor Appliances on Route 9 in the West Creek section of Eagleswood shortly before 5 p.m., according to a state police release. 

    When they arrived, the troopers discovered the structure’s rear engulfed in flames then noticed a residential portion not yet fully ablaze.

    The troopers subsequently entered the residence and rescued the owner’s dog, Daisy, along with an electric guitar and two amplifiers before flames began to shoot through the windows as they exited the structure. 

    “In the midst of tragedy, sometimes there is a silver lining. And in this case, the silver lining in named Daisy Anchor,” the release said.

    No one was injured in the blaze that “all but destroyed the business,” according to the release. 

    Police offered an explanation for also retrieving the musical equipment.

    “And if you’re asking why they stopped to save a guitar and amps, well there’s a simple answer: We are tasked with preserving life and property. After all, sometimes your dog and a guitar is all you need to get through a rough time.”

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