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Hero off-duty FDNY firefighter rescues 4 pups from Brooklyn e-bike blaze: ‘The dogs, I need to get the dogs!’

It was a ruff rescue.

A fast-thinking off-duty FDNY firefighter pulled 4 French bulldogs from a Brooklyn residence blaze Friday after an e-bike exploded into “a giant fireball” simply ft away from him, he advised The Post.

“I said, ‘We need to go right now,’” hero smoke-eater Joe Pendergast, 33, advised the frantic residence tenant.

“He said, ‘The dogs, I need to get the dogs!’ I said, ‘Don’t worry about the dogs, we’ll get the dogs, we need to go.’”

Pendergast had been driving from his house on Staten Island to work at Ladder 113 in Prospect Lefferts Gardens at round 7:30 a.m. when he noticed black smoke billowing from the constructing.

He pulled over, and a panicked lady directed him to a burning residence on the second ground, the place 9 French bulldogs and their proprietor had been inside.

“The door was melting down from the heat. It was a steel-plated door,” he mentioned. “I was really just kind of sizing it up and thinking what was possible with what I had at the moment.”

Despite the smoke and scalding flames, the canine proprietor stored making an attempt to save his pups.

“He took a little bit of convincing, he didn’t want to leave the dogs,” Pendergast mentioned.

Joe Pendergast of FDNY Ladder 113
A fast-thinking off-duty FDNY firefighter pulled 4 French bulldogs from a Brooklyn residence blaze Friday after an e-bike exploded into “a giant fireball” simply ft away from him, he advised The Post. Paul Martinka

But “fight or flight kicked in” they usually each bolted from the residence, with Pendergast crawling on his arms and knees below the smoke.

Just as they had been leaving, an e-bike by the entrance door — whose battery doubtless sparked the blaze —  all of a sudden exploded.

“There was no sound, no hissing or anything, it just blew up,” he mentioned.

French bulldog puppies
“I said, ‘We need to go right now,’” hero smoke-eater Joe Pendergast, 33, advised the frantic residence tenant. FDNY

“It just turned into a giant fireball. It looked like if I lit a Christmas tree up. The heat coming out immediately after was just insane.”

One of his Ladder 113 colleagues rushed to the constructing and helped him suppress the hearth and pull 4 French bulldogs out of the house.

Tragically, the different 5 canine died.

Off duty firefighter Joe Pendergast 33 of FDNY Ladder 113 was on his way to work this morning when he noticed a first floor fire on Parkside avenue in Brooklyn
He pulled over, and a panicked lady directed him to a burning residence on the second ground, the place 9 French bulldogs and their proprietor had been inside. FDNY

Pendergast suffered a second-degree burn on his hand from grabbing the door deal with on the means out, he mentioned.

Ultimately, he referred to as responding to e-bike fires “very frustrating” as a result of they’re simply preventable.

“Use the right charger and don’t do it in your house,” he mentioned. “They’re very dangerous.”

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