LAYTON, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A family dog in Layton is being hailed a hero after alerting its owner to a fire Wednesday.
Investigators said around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon a woman was napping in a bedroom when her dog, a black lab, began jumping on the bed.
The smoke was so thick she had to jump out a second-story window leaving her dog trapped inside where he died.
“I think she was in minutes of losing her own life,” said Dean Hunt, Layton Fire Marshal. “The homeowner, the husband, told me when the dog gets excited he jumps around like a horse and he would do that on the bed if it was a large dog it would wake her up and get her going out of the house.”
A neighbor, Sean Dandoy, was the first to call 911 when he saw his neighbor's home on fire and a woman frantic in the front yard.
“She was in front trying to get her dog to come out,” he said. “Come here boy, come here, come here.”
Investigators said the tragic ending to the dog's life could have been prevented if the home had working smoke detectors which it didn't. “They told me there was one in the basement but they didn't know if it was working or not and we couldn't find it,” said Hunt.
The homeowners buried the dog in the backyard.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Investigators believe it may have started in the basement. The homeowners are staying with relatives.