Nick Lamb, who is deaf, was sleeping in the house at the time, but was awoken when his dog started to lick his face.
The 2-year-old Pit bull named Ace, could tell something was wrong and knew to wake its master.
“He was thankful that Ace entered his room and licked his face until he woke up,” Indianapolis Fire Department Captain Rita Reith said in a news release.
“The boy quickly covered his nose and mouth with his T-shirt and exited the rear of his house.”
“I couldn’t hear anything because I had my cochlear implants off. …My dog Ace smelled it,” Lamb said. “I just wanted to get out.”
Lamb said he was taught at school to cover his face and find the nearest exit, according to USA Today.
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The torched home had $175,000 in damage but both Ace and Lamb were able to make it out safely.
Lindsay Bernard, Lamb’s mother, says she was about to lose it when she got the call about the fire.
“I went into a little bit of a panic,” she said. “When I got here… the streets were covered. It was mainly just panic and chaos.”
“[Lamb] told firefighters that this was the first summer he was old enough to stay home alone and was excited to have reached that milestone,” said Captain Reith. “He had just returned from summer camp on Sunday.”
The fire remains under investigation, Reith noted. The homeowners believe it was electrical and originated in the garage.