Skip to comments.Pit bull saves deaf boy from fire at Indianapolis home
Posted on 07/17/2014 1:53:54 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s
(INDAYSTAR) -- A 2-year-old male pit bull named Ace was being hailed as a hero Wednesday afternoon, after waking his deaf owner during a devastating house fire on the Southeastside.
At 1:11 p.m., Indianapolis firefighters were called to fight a fire at a home in the 6400 block of Perry Pines Court, officials said. Upon their arrival, flames were shooting from the garage.
Officials said Nick Lamb, 13, who is deaf, was sleeping in the house at the time. Ace was able to alert Nick and awaken him by licking his face.
"He was thankful that Ace entered his room and licked his face until he woke up," Indianapolis Fire Department Capt. Rita Reith said in a news release. "The boy quickly covered his nose and mouth with his T-shirt and exited the rear of the house."
Lamb said he was taught at school about covering his face and finding the nearest exit. Without his shoes but with Ace by his side, he darted out of the back door before calling his mother and 911.
"I couldn't hear anything because I had my cochlear implants off. ... My dog Ace smelled it," Lamb said. "I just wanted to get out."
The fire-blackened home had $175,000 in damage. But Ace and Lamb made it out safely. No one else was home when the fire started.
Lindsay Bernard, Lamb's mother, says she rushed home from work after getting the call. Her mind was racing throughout the trip.
"I went into a little bit of a panic," she said. "When I got here ... the streets were covered. It was mainly just panic and chaos."
Reith added that the family's black cat named Pixie was located by a firefighter inside the home and appears to be OK.
Bernard said Pixie inhaled a bit of smoke, and will be spending the night at the vet.
"(Lamb) told firefighters that this was the first summer he was old enough to stay home alone and was excited to have reached that milestone," Reith said. "He had just returned from summer camp on Sunday."
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Reith said. The homeowners believe that it was electrical and originated in the garage.
A story about a pit bull licking a Lamb is not usually expected to end so well!
...and THEN he got mauled...
For some reason, it reminds me of that old joke about a three-legged pig...:)
What a sweet story.
Too bad the article failed to mention that the very next day the pit chewed off the little boy’s arm in a savage and unprovoked attack.
Why let a perfectly good meal burn up?
What a good boy! Look at that grin.
Look at that tongue. Licked the kids face. Plenty of tongue for that!
Our Jack Russel Bobo did the same thing a few years ago. A floor plug shorted out in the den, under the sofa. It was shooting sparks and set the underside of the sofa on fire. Bobo ran back and forth from the den to the bedroom, where Mr D was in bed reading. He finally got up to see what he was barking about. Just in time too, the sofa was already on fire.
What a sweetie!
I’m more surprised that one of responding LEOs didn’t shoot the dog because they were threatened...
I’m surprised by the stupid ass comments on this thread.
Dog saves the kid and gets vitriol for his trouble.
Good boy! I’d say Ace deserves a juicy steak (properly cut up) for that rescue!
Good doggie, Ace.
I think most of the posters are tongue in cheek and having fun. I don’t see anyone being really mean to the dog.