Authorities in central Florida say a German Shepherd helped firefighters locate the two young children of his owners in heavy smoke as a blaze destroyed their home.
The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office says that the dog named Maxx helped firefighters find the 4-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl on Monday night in their home in the Orlando suburb, Longwood.
“Maxx, the family dog, is credited with assisting firefighters through the heavy smoke to the location of each of the two children,” according to a GoFundMe page set up for the family. Moments earlier, neighbours who saw the fire spreading called 911, broke windows and helped evacuate the children’s mother, Margo Feaser.
Firefighters then were able to rescue Feaser’s husband, as well as the two children with Maxx’s help.
Feaser is a 12-year veteran of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, working as an investigator.
Family members were hospitalised and their conditions ranged from serious to critical.
Maxx was treated for smoke inhalation and is now doing well.
The family are unable to return to their home, as it was completely destroyed in the fire.