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Tiny Dog Found Alive After Saving Owners From House Fire

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Firefighters made a remarkable discovery Wednesday inside a burned-out house: a tiny dog that was thought to be dead. The dog, a Chihuahua, is credited with waking up her owners, allowing them to escape, as flames raced through the home.

Five-pound Chloe was pulled out of the fire-damaged home about an hour after crews extinguished the fire in Federal Way, Washington, said Assistant Fire Chief Ed Plumlee of South King County Fire & Rescue.

"I told (my wife). I said, 'shes hiding somewhere and shes going to be alive.' (The firefighters) came over and they said, no way. She has too much smoke. Shes probably gone, too," said Bob Fischer, one of Chloe's owners.


"Shes got 250 pounds in that little four-pound body," added Tracie Fox, Chloe's other owner. "No doubt she saved us."

Fox and Fischer said they were asleep Wednesday morning when they awoke to the sound of Chloe barking. That's when they noticed smoke and flames.

"She claws at us when she wants something, and she just kept doing it until we woke up," Fischer said, "and then we looked up and there was smoke everywhere."

The two alerted Fox's daughter, Devon Whittlesey, and all three escaped the burning house.

"(My mom) was screaming my name hysterically. I could tell something was wrong from the way she was screaming my name," Whittlesey recalled. "I dropped down to my hands and knees and crawled to the front door."

Whittlesey's dog, a pitbull-terrier mix, was killed in the fire. A second dog made it out safely, but when firefighters couldn't find Chloe, they believed she was dead.

"She was left in the house and we couldnt find her," Fischer said. "The firemen looked to find her and they said most likely she couldnt live."

Plumlee said the house is a total loss. Flames also spread to the side of the neighboring house and front yard before fire crews got the blaze under control.

Fischer and Fox were treated at a hospital for minor smoke inhalation and released. They were reunited with Chloe when they got home.

"Chloe saved us," added Whittlesey. "We wouldnt have lived. If the flames wouldnt have got us, the smoke wouldve."


Source: KOMO News

 
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