A Twitter user shared a story of his dog, Hank, who he said woke his family up in the middle of the night over the weekend as an inferno raged in the back yard.
When the owner woke up to check on Hank’s barking, to his surprise he saw his shed and trees on fire. The family called 911 and alerted their neighbors, who were also under threat from the raging blaze.
“The fire spread to the back of our house the same minute the firefighters got the hoses to it. A minute or two more, and it was gone. Instead, everyone is safe, and we still have a house. It's black and crispy on one side, but it's totally intact,” the owner wrote.
He added: “The firefighters were absolutely amazing. It was windy, so they had to contain and deal with this for two adjacent blocks. Just totally, unbelievably skilled and coordinated.”
Hank is now being hailed a hero not just in his home and neighborhood but also around the world.
“This confirms what I’ve come to know. Dogs are why I still believe in god,” was one tweet.
“This story is the whole point of Twitter,” added another person.
“I’m sorry that happened, but so glad you have a Hank in your lives to eat your shoes & save you from fires! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful happy ending story! Hugs & biscuits to Hank! Also kudos to you guys for not giving up on Hank!” wrote a third.
It is unknown how the fire started.