AMERICAN FORK, Utah (ABC4) – MaKayla Bernardo Fox is grateful that her mother is alive — and she’s convinced the family dog is the reason why.

Late last month, her mother was asleep in the family home as a fire began to spread. Nobody else was home except Bleu, their dog.

And Bleu began to bark.

“He went to the back glass door, and he started barking,” said Fox. “He was barking really loud, trying to get my mom — obviously he knew my mom was inside,” she added.

But her mother didn’t hear the fire alarm, and she didn’t hear the barking.

MaKayla says two officers in the neighborhood, on their lunch break, noticed smoke in the air. When they followed it to the home, she says, they heard loud screams through the front door.

“The dog had been barking really loud, so what they thought was screaming was actually Bleu, still trying to get my mom’s attention,” said Fox.

That’s when she says police smashed through the door, and quickly rescued Fox’s mother as the fire and smoke spread.

“They basically said that if it wasn’t for her getting out, in that moment, she would have passed away just because of the fire,” said Fox.

As the rescue happened, neighbors had come outside and were able to coax two of the woman’s Chihuahuas from the home.

But Bleu had stayed inside.

“Our family dog passed away, but we’re super lucky. Because if it wasn’t for Bleu, my mom probably wouldn’t have made it, because they wouldn’t have known she was in the house,” said Fox.

She’s now created a GoFundMe page to help her family, especially her parents who have lived there for 30 years, move forward after the fire.