Man Risks Life to Save Neighbors’ Dog from Fire

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9.18.13 - Neighbor Saves Dog from Fire

A dog’s life has been saved thanks to a heroic neighbor.

The fire in a Charlotte, NC home began in the attic around 11:30 pm on Tuesday. The husband and wife living there escaped with one of their dogs, but the other was trapped somewhere inside.

Neighbor Alex Falivene couldn’t stand to think that a scared dog would be tragically dying right before his eyes. Though thick smoke was pouring from the house, Alex rushed inside.

He found the dog in one of the front rooms, and managed to get both the dog and himself outside, but not unscathed.

“I just grabbed the dog and got out of there.” he said. “It bit me a couple of times on my arm and on my hand a little bit…nothing bad.”

Firefighters were able to save the house, but the family will have to stay elsewhere until it is repaired.

It is believed that carelessly discarded smoking materials outside of the house were the cause of the fire.



11 thoughts on “Man Risks Life to Save Neighbors’ Dog from Fire”

  1. So the fire started in the attic which was caused by carelessly discarded smoking materials outside the house. How does that work? Was stale tobacco thrown on the roof of the house?

    • cigarette butts don’t “flame” or “combust” – they smoulder – and a fire does not always break out at the source.

      flip a butt against the wall of the house (i see guys do it all the time: bouncing the butt off the parging for the foundation). have some tall grass – this time of year, there will be dry mixed in with green. the cigarette butt would cause the grass – too wet to actually flame – to begin smouldering. the smouldering travels to, perhaps, a piece of tar paper where it could easily continue up inside the vinyl siding (where there’s not quite enough oxygen to blow it into flame) until it hits the tinder-dry wood of the rafters with all that air circulation (to keep moisture out of the roof cavity) and then it’s “flame on!”

  2. Wow!!!!
    This man is my hero!!
    He risked his own life to save a dog. What an incredible man
    If the man responsible is reading this, I want you to know that I genuinely think you are an incredible human being. I have a dog, and i love him so much, and I would give my life for him. But for you to risk your life for someone else’s dog is literally amazing.
    Words cannot describe how amazing you are


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