The idiom, “a dog is man’s best friend,” has endured for a reason: it is usually true. A Verdunville man recently got confirmation of the idiom’s validity when his dog Bubbles woke him up after his house caught on fire. Members of the Verdunville VFD are now calling Bubbles the dog a hero.
In the early morning hours of Friday Sept. 4, the Verdunville Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) and the Cora VFD responded to a smoke investigation at Verdunville. Upon arrival, Lieutenant Nickie Adams reports he found smoke coming out of the home and the homeowner on his porch struggling to breathe. After entering the residence, Adams found the homeowner had extinguished the flames. The fire was reportedly contained to the home’s kitchen.
The homeowner informed firefighters Bubbles woke him up by jumping on the bed and barking.
Thanks to Bubble’s quick response, the homeowner was able to get out of the home unharmed and call 911. Windell Hunter, chief of the Verdunville VFD, stated firefighters cleared the home of the remaining smoke and hot embers before using their thermal imaging camera to confirm the fire was fully extinguished.
“It feels wonderful to have an outcome such as this especially when things could have turned out so differently. I think it’s safe to say that Bubbles truly is man’s best friend,” added Hunter.