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Dog credited with saving man from fire in home without smoke detector

Buddy, a chocolate lab, is credited with saving his owner’s life by alerting him to a fire in a south Sacramento home that apparently had no working smoke alarm.
Buddy, a chocolate lab, is credited with saving his owner’s life by alerting him to a fire in a south Sacramento home that apparently had no working smoke alarm. Photo from video provided by Sacramento Fire Department @SacFirePIO

A dog is credited with saving the life of a south Sacramento man Thursday night after it alerted him to a fire in a home that apparently had no working smoke detector.

Sacramento Fire Department spokesman Roberto Padilla said fire crews were called to a home in the 4400 block of 40th Avenue about 6:30 p.m.

Padilla said the resident told firefighters he was awakened by Buddy, his chocolate Labrador, nudging him. The man discovered a fire burning in a bedroom at the rear of the house. Padilla said the man suffered some smoke inhalation and had soot on his face. He was treated but declined to be taken to a hospital.

Padilla said the man did not recall hearing a smoke alarm, and firefighters had found no evidence of a working smoke detector in the house. He said the home suffered significant damage.

Padilla noted that this fire occurred just a week after two people died in a fire in a south Sacramento-area home that did not have a working smoke alarm.

First Alert has donated 100 smoke alarms to the Sacramento Fire Department. Padilla said they will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone who does not have a working smoke alarm can walk up to any fire truck in the city and request one.

See a short Vine video of Buddy by SacFirePio.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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