INDIANAPOLIS — A 2-year-old male pit bull named Ace was being hailed as a hero Wednesday, after waking his deaf teenage owner during a devastating house fire.
At 1:11 p.m., Indianapolis firefighters were called to fight a fire at a home on the city’s south side, 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 a
nd 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.”
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