It was a scary night when a fire broke out in an apartment building where Dominic Baccus lived with his 3-year-old, 3-legged rescue dog, Buddy.
Dominic saved Buddy, and now, Buddy has returned the favor. This past week, Buddy used his only front paw to wake Dominic up when their condo filled with smoke.
When the smoke started coming under the door of Dominic’s condo, he was fast asleep. It was about two in the morning, and the fire was raging on the ground floor of his two-story condo complex.
Dominic may have slept through the fire and been killed it if wasn’t for his dog.
When the dog noticed the fire, he sprang into action. He woke Dominic up by pushing his only front paw into Dominic’s chest and neck. Dominic finally woke up and saw the smoke rapidly filling his apartment.
When Dominic opened his back door, he found that his building was on fire. The unit just below his was already engulfed in flames.
Dominic had to think quickly. He grabbed his phone, wallet, and a leash for the dog, who was visibly frightened by the fire growing just outside their door.
“The flames were starting to engulf my doorway,” said Dominic. “My entire house was full of smoke and I saw it was starting to take my entire neighbor’s house down. Buddy was scared and was trying to run away back into the house so I knew I needed to get him on his leash.”
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