Bath County man credits dog with saving family from fire

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BATH COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Bath County homeowner says his eight-month-old German Shepard, Xena, saved him and his daughter from a fire by licking his face and waking him up at five in the morning.

“I was in the process of remodeling the inside of the house and didn’t have smoke detectors, nothing like that up yet, and if it wasn’t for the dog, probably wouldn’t be standing here right now talking to you,” Blake Collett told ABC 36 News.

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After Xena woke Collett up, he immediately woke up his 17-year-old daughter and got out of the house.

“When I stood up, I stood up almost waist deep in the smoke. And I knew then something wasn’t right. By the time we got out, there was nothing else you can get out. I mean, the whole house was engulfed in smoke and flames,” said Collett.

Collett says the home is a total loss, he doesn’t have insurance on the house and is looking for a place to stay.

The American Red Cross says it will provide temporary shelter, food and clothing to the family.

“We lost everything. Your mind kind of goes blank when that happens,” said Collett.

While the loss of his home is devastating, Collett is thankful Xena, named after the warrior princess, kept this tragedy from being even worse.

“Pretty much a hero in my opinion,” Collett said about Xena.