Jackson Family: Pit Bulls Saved Us From Fire

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) -- A Lower Michigan family says two pit bulls alerted them about a house fire and credits the animals with allowing them to escape the blaze.
Laura Gingras tells the Jackson Citizen Patriot that she was giving her 9-month-old daughter Raigan a bath upstairs about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday when Tia and Trixie, the family's two dogs, began barking.
The unusual barking caused Laura to notice smoke, run out the house and call 911. No injuries were reported.
Five-year-old Tia is expected to recover after being pulled barely breathing from the house. Three-year-old Trixie was found hiding and unhurt.
Capt. Jason Senft says the fire appears to be accidental. An investigation is ongoing.
Chad Gingras, Laura's husband, was working when the fire broke out, but says: "Thank God we had those dogs."


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  • by Mary Anne Location: Jackson on Dec 31, 2010 at 12:12 AM
    I have to agree with most opinions here. First of all, ANY dog will bark at the scent of fire. Pitbulls are not special there. Also, this report does not give full disclosure of the mother's actions; she might have neglected her other children in the house, she may not have neglected them. Pitbulls are dangerous only because of their jaw structure. They are bred to attack and hold with massive, powerful jaws. That reaction to stress can be taught into them and also never taught into them. Like any other canine, they are a product of their environment, but I would still no longer trust their massive jaws around a child any more than another dog's jaws under similar circumstances. It's just that their bite is more deadly compared to some other breeds. My labrador will bite you but not leave such a serious mark. A pitbull's jaw and bite is not its fault, only its fallacy. People who choose pitbulls face their own dilemma, good or bad.
  • by Casey on Dec 29, 2010 at 07:18 PM
    To anonymous: Pit bulls are NOT like humans. Pit bulls are animals. Many human beings are raised in an abusive homes, and grow up to be gentle people. Dogs and animals just do what is natural to them, whether it is taught or not. How many times do we hear about a wild animal whom has lived with their trainer or owner for years in a loving enviorment, and one day attacks them out of nowhere. Because they are naturally wild and aggressive. Some animals are more tame and gentle than others. Pit bulls are one of the more aggressive ones. It is not biased, you don't hear much about poodle or labrador attacks do you??
  • by Rich Location: Jackson on Dec 29, 2010 at 01:56 PM
    I must say, some of you need to read this story again! It does not say the mother left her kids inside, she left the dogs inside!
  • by Rich Location: Jackson on Dec 29, 2010 at 01:49 PM
    Ya the pit barked. Any dog would bark to smoke! Sure hope people don't think this will change the possible pit bull ban! Pitts are dangerous dogs! I never liked Pit bulls!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 29, 2010 at 12:03 PM
    Pit bulls are like children. If they are raised in an abusive and neglectful home, they become bad examples in society. If you take a five year old child and slap him around, that child would become unruly and agressive. Dogs are the same way.
  • by James Location: Lansing on Dec 29, 2010 at 10:05 AM
    Just because a Pit bull barks during a fire doesn't take away from the fact that they are extremely dangerous animals. These children are living in a death trap. Pit bulls, fires, and a mother who runs out of the house leaving them behind.
  • by Karen Location: Lansing on Dec 29, 2010 at 05:14 AM
    So glad to read this story. Bless those Pups! I was a believer that PIT ARE BAD! But a lost dog came into my life and home and I WAS WRONG! They are loving, intelligent, loyal animals. Like children, it all depends on how you raise them. Pit Bulls are wonderful.
  • by stan on Dec 29, 2010 at 04:54 AM
    What, did the mom run out of the house and forget the other two kids?? Yaaaaaaaaaa, mom of the year!
  • by Beth Location: East Lansing, MI on Dec 29, 2010 at 04:42 AM
    Finally, something positive printed about the pit bull breed. They do many wonderful things but sadly, we often only read about the negative. Thanks for sharing!
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