WATERLOO, Iowa --- A dog named Baby is being credited with saving a family from a house fire this morning
And firefighters saved the dog.
Krista Kipper said she was asleep in the upper apartment at 701-703 Milwaukee Ave. around 5 a.m. when she woke to Baby, her 1-year-old lab-pitbull mix, running around.
“She was kind of running around, and I’m not a heavy sleeper, so whenever she runs around, I think that she wants to go outside or something. I woke up from her running around and I couldn’t breath, I couldn’t see nothing,” Kipper said.
The room was filled with thick smoke, and Kipper woke her rooommate, Brian Sbiral.
“When I went out to the living room, there was fire on the back wall,” Sbiral said.
Kipper headed to the downstairs apartment where her mother lives with her two children, ages 10 and 7.
“I ran downstairs to tell everyone to get out and then I went back upstairs because I thought (Brian)was still in the house freaking out,” Kipper said.
Sbiral had made it out on his own, and firefighters found Baby inside the apartment and brought her out. As of press time, a family cat was unaccounted for.
“We got the dog out, the dog is fine, said Battalion Chief Marty Freshwater of Waterloo Fire Rescue
He said the duplex didn’t have working smoke alarms.
The fire appears to have started in the upstairs living room. Firefighters kept the flames from spreading to other parts of the house, but the rest of the top level took heavy smoke damage, and the downstairs had smoke and water damage, he said.
The Hawkeye Chapter of the American Red Cross has been contacted to provide emergency shelter for the family.
The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined.