News

Pit bull alerts sleeping boy to fire

Pit bull alerts sleeping boy to fire

This photo provided by the Indianapolis Fire Department shows Ace, a pit bull, resting outside the home of Lindsay and James Bernard of Indianapolis after the home caught fire on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Photo: Associated Press/Indianapolis Fire Department, Rita Reith

By Kevin Murphy

(Reuters) – An Indiana family’s pit bull is being praised for alerting a deaf boy to a serious fire in his home by licking the sleeping boy’s face until he woke up, authorities said.

Nick Lamb, 13, told authorities that he was not wearing his hearing assistance implants while napping Wednesday afternoon as fire began spreading through his Indianapolis home, Indianapolis Fire Department Captain Rita Reith said Thursday.

The pit bull, Ace, went into Nick’s room during the fire and licked his face, Reith said. Alone in the house, Nick covered his nose and mouth with his T-shirt and he and Ace fled the house. The boy was examined and released at the scene.

“We hear of dogs barking to wake someone up during a fire but not licking their face,” Reith said.

The incident counters a popular image of pit bulls as dangerous and aggressive dogs, Reith said.

“This is a positive for the pit bull community,” she said.

The homeowner believes the blaze, which did an estimated $175,000 in damages, started in the garage from electrical causes, the fire department said.

What's Hot on STAR

Home and Garden Show

HomeandGardenShow_dl-1

February 11-14 at the Iowa Events Center. It’s time to start thinking about warmer weather!

Big Ken and Colleen’s Celebrity Garden

homeandgardenshow16

Vote for Big Ken & Colleen’s Celebrity Garden at the Des Moines Home & Garden Show, February 11-14 at the Iowa Events Center. If they win, they will donate $300 to charity.

Prairie Meadows Lip Sync Battle

PMlipsyncbattle-FI

Lip sync to win cash!

Hire Me Iowa

HireMeIowa_620x400_final

Looking for a job around the Des Moines area? Check out our current job listings here.

STAR Email Club

:Star_EmailClub-01

Join now for your shot at concert tickets, CDs, movie passes & more!

Recent Headlines

17 hours ago in Entertainment

The pouting male models are back for ‘Zoolander 2’

25-overlay-1

Derek and Hansel are back.

17 hours ago in Music

Kelly Clarkson teases top-secret new project with adorable daughter

16-overlay-8

It was a mother-daughter version of a "Super Bowl" ad.