A man said that he was asleep when fire broke out at his house in the US. He told officials that his two dogs had jumped on him to wake him up, which then allowed him to escape the fire.
The owner of a house credited his two dogs for saving his life in US. (Image for representation: AP)
Sensing a fire breakout at the house, two dogs saved their owner’s life by jumping on him and waking him up, allowing him to escape the place. While the man survived, the dogs lost their lives in the fire.
According to a report in the ABC news, the incident was reported around 6:30 am on Monday (January 19) in Dinwiddie, Virginia, US. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
“Upon arrival, fire crews found heavy fire and smoke showing from the front of the structure,” the report quoted from a statement released by the Dinwiddie Fire & EMS and Dinwiddie Emergency Management.
“Crews immediately began knocking down the fire and entering the structure to conduct a primary search,” it said.
The Dinwiddie Emergency Communications Center had said that a person and two dogs were trapped inside the burning house when they received the information about the incident. Fire and EMS units were deployed soon.
As the officials reached the house, they found that while the person had successfully escaped, the location of the two dogs remained unknown at the time. The owner of the house had lodged at a neighbour’s house across the street, the report said.
It was during the search that the officials found the bodies of the two dogs.
According to authorities, the owner gave credits to his two dogs for saving his life.
“Prior to transport by EMS, the occupant was able to tell crews that he was asleep at the time of the fire and that the two dogs had jumped on him to wake him up, which then allowed him to escape the fire,” The report quoted authorities as saying.
The owner was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation and was later shifted to the Southside Regional Medical Center for treatment. The name and age of the individual have not yet been confirmed by the officials, the report said.