Man Breaks Into Burning Home, Rescues Dog

Thanks to an act of bravery on the part of a neighbor, a lucky dog named Howard will live to see another day.

The story broke over the weekend and details are limited, but neighbors say the fire started in the back of the Omaha home and quickly spread, engulfing the exterior and attic of the house in flames.

No one but Howard was home at the time, but an unnamed neighbor was aware that the family had a pet dog, so he broke into the burning residence and located Howard, emerging from the blaze to the cheer of neighboring residents, the frightened pooch clinging to safety in his arms.

Officials say an investigation is underway to determine what may have started the fire.

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  1. luna says on  04/06/2011 at 11:19 am

    lucky for howard to have such a wonderful, compassionate neighbor!

  2. HERO <3

  3. Pamela S. says on  04/06/2011 at 12:51 pm

    Thank you to this wonderful neighbor who was brave enough to get into this burning home and save this beautiful dog!

  4. What a brave man, and a lucky dog.

  5. sounds like something I’d do! : ) HOORAY NEIGHBOR MAN!

  6. God bless him

  7. Kim says on  04/06/2011 at 1:19 pm

    Wish I had neighbors like this! Just 3 words for this man… Thank You & Hero ♥

  8. Great job Neighbor Man!!!! :)

  9. Yay! A good story for a change!

  10. Andrea says on  04/06/2011 at 1:24 pm

    Looks like Brussels Griffon. (not that it matters, but he is beautiful) Good man!

  11. Howard is adorable! Thank God for the great neighbor.

  12. our hero!!!

  13. A hero of a man and a very lucky dog! This dog will live another day !

  14. Patricia says on  04/06/2011 at 1:29 pm

    a TRUE HEROE. god bless him. wish i could give him a hug!!!

  15. Lauren says on  04/06/2011 at 1:30 pm

    Super hero!!!

  16. William says on  04/06/2011 at 1:32 pm

    All life is sacred.

  17. What a neighbor! A true hero! Thank goodness Howard was rescued! Great story!

  18. Finally a story about human/animal interaction that makes me want to cry for a GOOD reason

  19. Charlotte says on  04/06/2011 at 1:34 pm

    This man is a TRUE HERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Laura says on  04/06/2011 at 1:37 pm

    I echo these sentiments–hero is a word thrown around too often, but this neighbor was truly heroic.

  21. WOO HOO … what an incredible story ! A BIG Kudos to the neighbor! =D

  22. What a kind, brave man. If we all had neighbors like that!

  23. Mara says on  04/06/2011 at 1:47 pm

    may that man live with so many blessings in life. God bless him :)

  24. So nice to read this great story! Thank you. I believe there is more good than bad out there and if us good troopers keep marching, we will change things!!

  25. Barbara says on  04/06/2011 at 1:58 pm

    This man is a hero.

  26. I love him! What a hero!!!

  27. Obviously not one of my neighbors! Break in? Check. Steal? Check. Save dog? NO! Luckily MY dogs would discourage the break-in!

  28. Bahar says on  04/06/2011 at 2:18 pm


  29. Veli-Pekka says on  04/06/2011 at 3:04 pm

    Howard. Such a cute name too. 😀

  30. What a fantastic neighbor! I wish ours were like that!

  31. wonderul man! best neighbor and friend in the world! i hope he and howard stay friends forever :)

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