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Racoon Prevents House Fire

It was reported on August 3, 1965, that Mr. & Mrs. John Ahlfeldt of Baltimore, Maryland were asleep while their apartment filled with thick smoke produced by a faulty electric fan.

The two could have died, but they were awoken around 6 AM by a loud banging sound. It was being made by their pet raccoon Gingus. He was repeatedly hitting their bedroom door against a dresser, which awoke the couple.

The fan was unplugged and the apartment aired out. Both the couple and their hero Gingus were unharmed.

1916 photograph of a raccoon.
1916 photograph of a raccoon. Archive.org image.
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