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Spokesman: Disabled Man Uses Facebook To Summon Help During Fire

(Photo courtesy the Spokesman Review) (Photo courtesy the Spokesman Review)

SPOKESMAN.COM  - Smoke from a flaming toaster filled his living room quickly, but Robert "Bob" Chambers couldn't call for help.

Muscular dystrophy limits his movement, and the 51-year-old Spokane man's phone was too far out of reach.

So he turned to the chat room in an online computer game he accesses through Facebook.

"Help me," he recalled typing using a specialized computer mouse and on-screen keyboard. "My house is on fire and I can't get out."

Players in Indiana and Texas called authorities, and Spokane firefighters soon carried him to safety.

"I did what I tell everyone not to do, and that's put your address on the Internet," Chambers said on Wednesday.

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