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Last Updated: Jan 4th, 2018 - 10:23:22

Tiny dog saves lives of family in fire
Jan 4, 2018, 10:17

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Not all heroes wear capes, and not all heroes walk on two legs.

Gambit, seen here sitting inside a fireman's protective mask, woke Jimmy and Shay Dismuke by barking to alert them of a fire around 2 a.m. Tuesday. The couple were able to escape the house with only minor injuries, but firefighters had to recover Gambit from the house and revived him with chest compressions and oxygen. (NEWS OBSERVER/Submitted)
What could have been a deadly a house fire in North Crossett Tuesday morning ended differently because one of its heroes had four legs.

Jimmy and Shay Dismuke said they are thankful that their little dog, Gambit, woke them up when a fire broke out in the early morning hours.

Shay said she doesn’t know how long the house had been on fire, but the little dog barked until they woke up around 2 a.m. The couple were able to escape the flames by exiting a bedroom window.

“I raised opened the window and Jimmy had to push me out of it,” Shay said.

The couple escaped out the window, but little Gambit didn’t follow.

Ashley County Sheriff’s Department deputies went into the house but couldn’t find the little dog.

Once the North Crossett Fire Department arrived, they went in to began putting out the fire.

“We knew the people had gotten out, but there was a dog inside,” North Crossett Fire Chief Jeff Tyler said. “We are pet owners, so that’s not something we take lightly.”

The firemen didn’t think they were going to be able to find the tiny dog in the thick smoke, but they heard a faint whimper under the bed.

“I think it would have been his last whimper,” Tyler said. “When we got to him, he was lifeless.”

Tyler’s team immediately hooked the dog up to oxygen and did chest compressions.

“We put an air pack on him, which is the next best thing to pure oxygen,” Tyler said.

The team worked on the dog for a few minutes, but were uncertain if he would wake up.

When Gambit regained consciousness, the chief said he and his team were relieved.

“That’s often not the outcome,” Tyler said. “Pets tend to hide and we either don’t find them in time or at all.”

The firemen may have saved Gambit’s life, but Gambit saved the life of his owners.

The deputies and firemen on scene all called the dog a hero for alerting the family.

“He did his job,” Tyler said.

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