Dog, 8-Year-Old Boy Save Little Brother’s Life In House Fire

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An 8-year-old boy, with the help of the family dog, saved his 6-year-old brother from a fire at their South Carolina home in early October.

The dog, Bruno, alerted the boy, Zeke Stewart, who woke up to find his room already ablaze. Zeke ran out through the back door before heading back into the house to save his little brother, WYFF 4 reported. (RELATED: ‘His Leg Split In The Middle’: Two Injured Jumping From Apartment Fire In Major City)

“I later found out that the dog, who was in a crate, Bruno, woke Zeke the oldest little boy, up to get him out. Zeke woke up, he said the room was already on fire and there was smoke, and he got up and went out the back door and got some air — gulped some air — and then went back inside the house to wake his little brother up that was in the bed with him,” Zeke’s grandmother, Sharmen Pressley said, according to WYFF 4.

Zeke, his little brother, his stepfather and the dog all made it out of the house safely, though some of them sustained minor injuries from the fire, according to the outlet.

“I’m very proud of Zeke because he was very brave and didn’t think of himself,” Pressley said, per WYFF. “When we asked him, ‘What were you thinking about?’ he was thinking about waking his brother up and getting his brother and dad out of the house.”

Sharmen added that Bruno was a hero too and that the burns on the dog’s head will remind the family of that.