A Pit Bull is being hailed a hero after he saved a deaf teen from a deadly house fire. The two-year-old pup named Ace alerted his 13-year-old owner by licking his face until the boy awakened. Nick Lamb was home alone with his dog when the blaze broke out. The dog was smart enough to lick the boy’s face instead of barking because the teen could not hear without his hearing aids.
The boy said he was sleeping when his dog Ace began licking him in the face. He kept telling the pup to stop but Ace kept licking. Nick thought Ace was either hungry or wanted to go outside. When he finally woke up he realized the house was on fire. Nick said he grabbed one of his hearing aid implants, covered his mouth and nose with a wet t-shirt before he and Ace ran out of the back door.
Nick said he learned at school about covering his face and finding the nearest exit. Once Nick and his beloved dog were safely out of the home he called 911 and his mother. The fire was already serious by the time Indianapolis firefighters arrived at the scene. The fire department was notified about the fire in the 6400 block of Perry Pines Court at 1:11 p.m. Officials said flames were shooting from the garage upon their arrival.
Nick said his dog could smell the smoke but he could not hear the fire alarm going off because his hearing aids were not in. His mother, Lindsay Bernard, was at work at the time the fire started and Nick was home alone with Ace. The teen has just returned home on Sunday from summer camp. He told firefighters this is his first summer being able to stay home alone and he is so excited that he is finally old enough.
Lindsay said she went into a slight panic once she received the call. Her mind was racing as she rushed home. When Nick’s mother arrived home she said the streets were filled with chaos and panic. After viewing the scene Lindsay said she was just amazed, “If Ace had not done what he did her son would not be alive. Nick probably would not have awakened.” The deadly fire racked up $175,000 in damage.
Captain Rita Reith, Indianapolis Fire Department, said the family’s black cat was found by a firefighter inside the home. Pixie, the family’s cat, appeared to be okay after inhaling a bit of smoke. The cat was spent the night at the vet just to be certain.
A two-year-old male Pit Bull is being hailed a hero after he saved a deaf teen from a deadly house fire. Ace smelled smoke and rushed to alert his sleeping owner. He licked the boy’s face relentlessly until the boy awakened. Nick Lamb was home alone and could not hear the smoke detector because he had removed his hearing aids before taking a nap. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, however the homeowners believe it was electrical and originated in the garage.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)