A 2-year-old pit bull named Ace braved a burning house to save a 13-year-old deaf boy in Indianapolis on Wednesday, July 16. The boy, Nick Lamb, is legally deaf and was asleep when the house went up in flames. The pit bull rushed into the inferno and licked Lamb on the face until he woke. Both the boy and his dog got to safety as the house burned around them.
"I couldn't hear anything because I had my cochlear implants off... My dog Ace smelled it (the fire)," Lamb said. "I just wanted to get out."
As reported by the United Press International, this was the first summer that Lamb was allowed to be home alone, and the boy had just returned from summer camp last week. His parents were both at work when the fire broke out, and his younger siblings were both in summer school.
According to reports, Lamb wears cochlear implants, but takes them out when he sleeps due to discomfort. The home was equipped with working smoke detectors, but the detectors use flashing lights and Lamb, being asleep, did not see them. Luckily for him, Ace the pit bull smelled the smoke and saved the day.
The fire devastated the house on the city's south side, and officials agree that if the pit bull had not acted, Lamb would have been killed in the blaze. The fire is believed to have started in the garage and was electrical in nature. The damage to the home is estimated to be around $175,000. But if the heroic pit bull had not been there, the loss would have been more immeasurable.
The family's black cat, Pixie, also survived the blaze, but there is no word on if Ace the Heroic Pit Bull saved it as well. Both pets were treated for smoke inhalation.
The pit bull breed of dog has become legendary for its ferocity and viciousness -- especially in the media -- yet stories of pit bull bravery and heroism are not uncommon. In a story published by The Inquisitr last fall, a pit bull named TaterTot saved a 4-year-old boy, Peyton Smith, in Minneapolis when the boy's blood sugar dropped. Peyton was unconscious and unresponsive and the pit bull alerted the boy's parents and saved his life.
For Nick Lamb, he owes his life to Ace the pit bull, and the dog has truly earned the title of hero.
[Image Courtesy of the Indianapolis Fire Department]