A four-legged hero saved her family when she alerted them to a raging fire across the street.
Lucy, an Australian Shepherd-Labrador mix, became a canine fire alarm in the early hours, saving the lives of her neighbors and preventing a potential tragedy.
Douglas O’Connor II and his wife were jolted awake at 3:00 a.m. by Lucy’s frantic yelps.
Initially annoyed by the disruption, they quickly realized something was amiss.
“Usually, I just yell at her to go to sleep,” O’Connor told KING 5. “But this was different. It was a loud, screaming bark, totally unlike anything we’d heard from her before.”
Their instincts proved correct. Peering out the window, they were met with a terrifying sight: their neighbor’s detached workshop engulfed in flames.
Without hesitation, they called 911, their frantic voices a stark contrast to the crackling inferno unfolding across the street.
Firefighters arrived with lightning speed, battling the blaze with utmost urgency.
Lucy’s heroic bark had not only alerted her family but also awakened other neighbors, adding to the emergency calls and ensuring a swift response.
Thanks to Lucy’s quick thinking and the swift action of the fire department, the flames were contained before reaching the main house, where the homeowner remained blissfully unaware until the sirens shattered his sleep.
“Firefighters said another 10 minutes and it could have reached the house,” O’Connor said, relief evident in his voice. “That was a little scary.”
The aftermath saw Lucy transformed into a local celebrity thanks to her heroics.
Firefighters and police showered her with praise, recognizing her vital role in averting a disaster.