Cats are sometimes said to have “nine lives,” thanks to their ability to always land on their feet. But the same can be said of one dog who bravely escaped from a burning house by jumping out of a second-story window.
According to NBC Philadelphia, a man named Justin Steinmetz noticed a smoke-filled house in Fleetwood, Berks County, while driving to work. There were no people in the house – the adults were at work and the children were at school – and Justin frantically tried to call for help.
He asked another driver to call 911 and began trying to put out the fire with a hose, but to no avail. Soon firefighters arrived to fight the blaze.
But the situation took a dramatic turn after the family’s dog, Charlie, appeared in the second-floor window of the house and desperately tried to escape.
Firefighters persuaded Charlie to jump out the window, the only way to escape. In a dramatic moment captured on video by Justin, the dog makes a daring leap. Although he was burned by the fire, he managed to get out alive.
“His mouth was full of smoke, his lungs were full of smoke, and he jumped to safety,” Justin told NBC. “He jumped when he needed to, that’s what’s important.”
The family’s other dog and two cats were also found at the scene after they managed to get out of the house.
It’s a good thing the pets survived, but the homeowners, called the Stump family, “lost everything” in the fire. A GoFundMe campaign was organized to help them get back on their feet after losing their home.
“We are very grateful that they are okay, but we are painfully aware that their lives will change significantly as a result of the devastating fire that occurred in their home today,” the website says. The page has raised $40,000 for the family.
But Justin, who keeps a farm and says he will lend the family some goats for “goat therapy,” says the animals’ survival is a big deal.
“I feel lucky that the animals stayed alive, that’s the most important thing,” he told NBC.
What a dramatic rescue from a burning house! We are so glad Charlie is safe now, and send this family our thoughts and prayers as they recover from this devastating fire.
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