Ring camera catches jogger saving pets from house fire in California

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A California family must thank a mysterious hero for saving their pets and home from a house fire earlier this month after he reached out to them via their Ring Doorbell camera.

The Good Samaritan was jogging in the Scotts Valley neighborhood on November 6 when he saw smoke billowing from a house and was captured by the Ring Doorbell camera of the family rushing out the porch to alert the family – but no one was home.

However, owner Courtney Polito saw the man through the camera and responded to him.

“Hello, do you see that there is smoke coming out of the top of your house,” the jogger can be heard telling Polito.

Polito told WTHR-TV that she heard the fire alarms inside the house and immediately gave the code to the jogger so he could enter and save the family animals: two dachshunds, a rabbit and a cat.

The jogger can be seen exiting the house carrying one of the dachshunds under his arm to get to safety.

The family decided to give the jogger the security code for the house, so he could get inside and retrieve the animals.
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“It takes a special kind of person [to] walk into a burning house to save animals, ”Polito’s husband Tony told the station.

Firefighters said the family could have lost everything, including their pets, in the blaze, the station reported. But thanks to the actions of the Good Samaritan, the fire was contained in the garage.

While the hero jogger did not want to be identified, the family said they wanted to thank him.

“I just want to thank him a lot and let him know how grateful we are,” Polito told the station. “My children, my husband, we would be devastated if we lost our pets, let alone our home.”


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