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Pit Bull Saves Woman From Fire in Her New York Home

Travelers Today       By    Lena Vazifdar

Updated: May 06, 2013 01:13 PM EDT

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A woman was saved in New York by a pit bull during a fire who alerted her by barking. NBC News reported that Jackie Bonasera was in her Long Island, New York home on Friday when she heard barks from outside. She said she was drying her hair in the upstairs bathroom when she heard the barking. She ran downstairs and saw the side of her garage on fire.

"I ran out of the house and my neighbors came running over, and then I thought about the dog - I'm like, 'He saved my life, I have to save his,'" Bonasera said to NBC News. "So I just put my robe over my face and I ran back in and I grabbed the dog and then I stood out here and I watched my house burn."

Bonasera said to NBC News that she believes if it wasn't for the dog she would have been trapped upstairs. The dog is named Cain and Bonasera's daughter Alexus Stallworth called the dog "the town hero."

"He's a pit bull, too," she said to NBC News. "They have such bad reps, but he's such a good boy."

More than 70 firefighters came to the scene to stop the fire. The cause has not yet been identified but police don't believe the cause was suspicious.

"The homeowner is a contractor who is working on several homes that were damaged by Sandy, and he said he now hopes he can get his own home fixed before winter," reported NBC News.

There have been other cases where a pit bull has saved its owner from fires. In February, a pit bull in Oklahama also saved her family from a fire. The dog jumped on her owner's beds until they woke up when a fire had been ignited in their house.

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