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Pit bull saves deaf boy from house fire

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Posted at 10:08 AM, Jul 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-17 10:08:34-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A pit bull named Ace is being hailed as a hero after waking his deaf teenage owner during a house fire on Wednesday, according to the Indy Star.

Firefighters responded to the home around 1 p.m. Wednesday. Upon arrival, flames were coming out of the garage.

Nick Lamb, 13, who is deaf, was sleeping in the home at the time. Two-year-old Ace alerted Nick and woke him up by licking his face.

Ace (PHOTO:  Indianapolis Fire Department)

Ace (PHOTO: Indianapolis Fire Department)

“He was thankful that Ace entered his room and licked his face until he woke up,” Indianapolis Fire Department Capt. Rita Reith said in a media release. “The boy quickly covered his nose and mouth with his T-shirt and exited the rear of the house.”

With Ace by his side, he went out the back door of the home and called 911.

“I couldn’t hear anything because I had my cochlear implants off. … My dog Ace smelled it,” Lamb told the Indy Star. “I just wanted to get out.”

The family’s cat was located by a firefighter inside the home and is expected to be OK.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.