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Dog Survives Fire by Hiding in Tub

150_jacksonDebbie Credidio’s dog Jackson is a three-year-old Newfoundland who often hung out in the family’s bathroom to keep cool.
When fire broke out in the morning at Credidio's Farmingville house, Jackson jumped into the tub and put his nose in the drain. Firefighters Vince Egbert and Edgar Trejo pulled aside a shower curtain and found the dog "actually sucking air out of the drainpipe, which is an old-school thing that a fireman would do," Egbert said.

Jackson had survived intense heat for 40 minutes before firefighters carried him out. The family all escaped the fire, which destroyed their home. Link -via Arbroath

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Christopher has a point. The tub drain has a trap that's filled with water to prevent sewer gas from entering the room, so the dog would just be breathing through the overflow. There's a vent to the roof, but that vent's on the other side of the trap -- it isn't possible to get air through a drain. It's possible, I suppose, that the fire boiled the water out of the trap...
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In the process of breathing the air in the tub drain, wouldn't you be just inhaling the smoke in the room through the overflow drain. They are connected. Like if you put a plunger on your drain to clear a clog, you just end up sucking air through the overflow drain; thats why you have to plug that with a wet towel or something.
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My boss's dog survived a fire in their condo the same way. They thought he had died in teh fire until the next day when they found out that he was located in teh tub.
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wow. no way in the world would my dog ever figure that out. not to mention the fact that he wouldn't jump INTO a bathtub to (literally) save his own life. i love him dearly - but smart, he is not.
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