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Hero Dog Sacrifices Her Life To Save Family From House Fire

A two-photo collage. The first shows a close up of Albert Enriquez smiling. The second image shows a view of the Enriquez' burned down home that is no longer livable.

Dogs are unwaveringly loyal and give their love unconditionally. This is certainly true of Dingbat, a dog who saves her entire family from a fire. Her owner, Albert Enriquez, says that he and his wife, Brandy, were sleeping when Dingbat began to bark insistently. After a while, the two of them got up to see if something was wrong. Still, they never expected this.

Undoubtedly, Dingbat is smart to bark nonstop: The entire front porch is engulfed in flames. A heat lamp used to keep the family’s dogs warm, along with a car battery, are suspected to be the causes of the fire.

View of the Enrique's family burned down home and vehicle.

Quickly, Albert, Brandy, and their daughter, Elizabeth, rushed outside. Soon, they realized that a very important family member was missing: Dingbat. In order to save the dog, Albert went right back inside — but the flames became too much.

“I could feel that heat coming down on me and the flames,” he recalls. “I fell down. I took a big whiff of the smoke, I started choking on the ground. I got severe burns on my back, my neck, my hands.”

Close up of Albert Enriquez smiling.

Hero Dog Saves San Antonio Family From Fire

Unfortunately, Dingbat does not survive the fire. As the Enriquez family, including their other dog, mourn their loss, they’re also taking the time to be grateful for their heroic pup. Without her, they’re sure they would not have made it.

“She let us know, that we were in trouble,” Albert says.

View of a black dog looking up at the camera. This is the Enriquez' dog that survived the fire.

Now, this mourning family is seeking help with housing, food, clothing, and others items through GoFundMe. Plus, since their home goes back in their family more than 100 years, the Enriquez family’s dream is to rebuild.

Until then, they’re grateful to have one another. And while they attribute their safety to Dingbat, they very much miss her and wish she were still with them.

View of the Enriquez' burned down home that is no longer livable.

“I’m here to see if I can find her remains to try and giver her a proper burial. It’s just sad that she had to be the one to go,” Albert shares, adding, “”Like I said, she’s (in) heaven now.”

The InspireMore team sends out condolences to the Enriquez family during this difficult time. You can donate to the Enriquez’ GoFundMe at this link.

You can find the sources of this story’s featured image here and here.

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