Early Wednesday morning in the village of Atlas, Pennsylvania, a Cocker Spaniel named Oz nudged his owner awake. The house next door was on fire.
Randy Merlo now credits his 12-year-old dog with saving his life.
Oz woke Merlo as flames spread though the vacant house next door.
"He was nudging me, and I smelled smoke and we left," Merlo told WNEP-TV. "Saved my life, yes, he probably did."
The fire eventually spread to Merlo's home, causing fire, smoke and water damage. Merlo is staying with a friend until he can return home.
"This is a nightmare. All my windows are knocked out, but I guess the firemen had to do that. I appreciate all their help and I'm glad my dog and myself got out safely," he told News Item.
Firefighters are investigating the cause of the "suspicious" fire.
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