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ATLANTA -- An dog who helped investigate arson cases for the Georgia Department of Insurance died Tuesday after briefly falling ill.

Smokey, a Labrador retriever who was born in July 2001, came to work in Georgia in October 2003.

"We'll always remember Smokey as a valuable employee in the fight against arson," said Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens in a release. "His death leaves a great sadness within the entire Department."

With his handler Investigator Ken Palmer, Smokey helped in more than 700 fire investigations, which yielded numerous arrests. Smokey was able to determine if fires had been started with accelerants.

His most recent case, a house fire in Catoosa County in March, was determined to be arson.