Thanks to a quick-thinking and brave neighbor, Daniel Egelhoff, his trusty dachshund Herkimer and several of Egelhoff's expensive remote-controlled airplanes are all in one piece.


Verizon service technician Mister Albritton, who lives near Egelhoff's Seventh Avenue home, noticed smoke emanating from a nearby residence. So Albritton drove over to investigate.


Once he got there, he found Egelhoff's garage completely engulfed in flames. He was going to knock on the front door, but the heat was too much, so Albritton knocked on a window. Soon Egelhoff, 58, appeared, but he was calling for someone else his dog Herkimer.


Albritton convinced his neighbor to come outside to safety without finding the dog, whose fate remained uncertain. Soon firefighters arrived to battle the blaze, and paramedics took the man to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.


But about five hours later, Herkimer, who had been hiding under a bed, appeared alive an well.


Initial reports indicate the blaze caused about $50,000 in structural damage.