At Satan's Ball Margarita sees a salamander-magician who was not burning
in the fireplace. In medieval lore salamanders were thought to survive fires.
See Bullfinch's Mythology
See Pseudodoxia Epidemica
See the Salamander in the Christ Myth
Another interesting connection: the fireproof salamander was the symbol
of the French King François I, who was the grandfather of Marguerite de Valois and the brother
of Marguerite de Navarre!