Teenager Saved By Faithful Dog Amidst New Year's Eve Blaze

January 8, 2024

Today's good news story comes from Safety Harbor, Florida.

On New Year's Eve a teenager narrowly escaped a devastating house fire, all thanks to the heroic actions of the family dog, Macho.

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WFLA News Channel 8

Nicole Evans, a single mom, received the distressing call while out of town, learning that her house was engulfed in flames. Macho, sensing imminent danger, sprang into action and woke up Nicole's teenage son, Griffin, around 5:30 a.m., alerting him to the fire.

"He just kept going at him and then he just gave him a nip, a couple of them, and woke him up. And Griffin said, 'What's happening?'. And as soon as he turned around, there was just no doubt he had to go. He had to go quickly," Nicole told WFLA.

"It was probably the worst experience of my life to not be with the person you love the most while something's happening to them that you can't do something about," she added.

While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, the family is left with a total loss of their home. Despite the material losses, Nicole emphasized the irreplaceable value of Macho's quick thinking and loyalty.

"All those things are just things, and some of those things do matter. They do, but in the end, it's all replaceable. He's not replaceable, my dog is not replaceable, and I wouldn't have wanted it to have resulted in anything other than this," she expressed.

In the face of adversity, the community has rallied around the Evans family, setting up a GoFundMe to aid in their recovery.

Watch the local good news video below.

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