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Vt. driver hurt while saving dog from burning bus

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 1, 2013 at 7:23 pm •  Published: January 1, 2013

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont police say a bus driver for a day care for dogs has suffered burns while trying to save canines trapped after the vehicle caught on fire.

The driver rescued one dog, but another died.

Police say a 911 call was made Tuesday afternoon reporting a small bus on fire in a South Burlington parking lot.

Police say the driver of the Gulliver's Doggie Daycare bus saved one dog before the vehicle was consumed by blames. Authorities say the animals were scared and resisted the driver's attempts to help them.

Police say the driver, John Thamann of Jericho, suffered burns to his hands, head and back. The first responding officer suffered smoke inhalation while trying to enter the bus.

The blaze's cause appears to be vehicle mechanical failure.


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