Tiny dog found alive after saving owners from house fire

Tiny dog found alive after saving owners from house fire
A firefighter holds little Chloe after she was found in the gutted remains of the home.
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Firefighters made a remarkable discovery Wednesday inside a burned-out house in Federal Way - a tiny dog that was thought to be dead after waking up its owners and allowing them to escape as flames raced through the home.

The 5-pound chihuahua was pulled out of the fire-damaged home after crews extinguished the fire near 28th Avenue SW and SW 329th Street in the Twin Lakes area, says Assistant Fire Chief Ed Plumlee of South King County Fire & Rescue.

"Firefighters went in and did a secondary search of the house, and we were actually able to find the little family chihuahua pet," Plumlee said. "Actually, the residents thought the dog was dead (and) we did too. But it's alive, well, fine - didn't need any sort of extra care."

And that little dog, named "Chloe," gets the credit for waking up the couple inside as flames ripped through the residence. They had to crawl out a rear window to escape. Their daughter, who lives there with them, was also able to escape.

A second little dog was also able to escape the flames with the couple, but their daughter's pit bull perished in the blaze.

The couple is being treated at a local hospital for minor smoke inhalation.

Plumlee said the house is a total loss. Flames also spread to the side of the neighboring house and front yard before fire crews got the blaze under control.

Fire officials say it appears the fire started in a garage area.