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Special dog helps sniff out incendiary fires

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She's waiting patiently to do her job, heeling at her handler's side. Then, when Maggie gets the call, she literally puts her nose to the grindstone.

"She can smell very small amounts of liquid," says Mike Top, Battalion Chief of Enforcement and Investigation.

A yellow lab that's had extensive training, Maggie is sniffing around for ignitable liquids.

"It just makes it go faster. It kind of takes away 'are we wasting our time' type of thing. It just speeds the process up," said Top. "And, it also confirms our suspicions a lot quicker. It still has to be sent to a lab to get a definite answer."

Maggie is sniffing for chemicals like gasoline and acetone.

At this fire on Harrington Circle she sensed multiple hits.

"With the dog it makes it much easier, because the dog can give us a small area where we should concentrate our efforts," said Top.

After her work is complete, Maggie is rewarded with a treat. Then, it's back in her kennel to rest up for her next job.

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