Rescued Dog Saves Family from Fire Two Days After Adoption

A Spring Valley woman and her children have a newly adopted Chihuahua puppy to thank for saving them from a fire that destroyed their mobile home.

As smoke and flames spread through the residential trailer in the 10700 block of Jamacha Boulevard, the agitated dog barked and growled persistently until it woke the home’s owner. When she realized the building was burning she was able to wake her children and two house guests and escort them safely outside.

Leonard Villarreal, a spokesman for San Miguel Consolidated Fire Protection District, said that when the woman returned to grab her puppy it refused to come out from under her bed, where it had been hiding. She was unable to catch it, and was forced to retreat from the home as the fire spread.

Several occupants of the residence made attempts to rescue the dog, but had to flee due to thick, choking smoke, Villarreal said. Tragically, the young dog died in the same fire it had saved its family from.

It took firefighters about 20 minutes to extinguish the blaze. Monetary losses are estimated at $130,000. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
 





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    July 13, 2012 2:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    HOW SAD BUT BELIEVE ME I HAVE A SYSTEM SET UP JUST IN CASE I HAVE TO LEAVE MY PLACE FAST AND ITS SET UP FOR NIGHT OR DAY, I WOULD BE BEYOND CRUSHED IF I COULD NOT GET MY FURKIDS OUT IN CASE OF A FIRE I WORRY ABOUT THAT ALL THE TIME, IVE EVEN SET UP A SYSTEM IN CASE IM NOT HOME MY HEART BREAKS FOR THE FAMILY, CANT IMAGINE

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      July 15, 2012 10:50 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Mad

      Just wondering what system you have set up.

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    July 13, 2012 3:55 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Rest in peace little one. You did what countless dogs have done for their people through out time, you gave up your life to save theirs… Enjoy your time at the rainbow bridge. You will see them again one day. :(

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    July 15, 2012 5:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    I always have felt that puppies are a gift from God and are our Guardian Angels. God Bless this little puppy. Everything in life happens for a reason. Obviously, this beautiful little puppy’s purpose in life was to protect & save his family….

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    July 16, 2012 12:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    WisePati

    Very tragic. No smoke detectors? Of course hindsight is 20/20, but grabbing the dog at the same time as getting the kids and guests out would have saved the pup. The poor pup must have been terrified at being left alone like that and died in terror.

    I’d like to think I’d have grabbed the pup on my way out the first time and hoping others learn from this tragedy. It’s easy to keep a small plastic crate or web/material carrier nearby just in case.

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