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.