Fernando Montes de Oca narrowly escaped a house fire in his Texas home thanks to his four-legged friend Rocky.
Rocky, a three-year-old bull terrier mix, is the reason Montes de Oca is alive today, because of his life-saving bark.
Montes de Oca fell asleep on the couch in his detached garage when he heard Rocky barking loudly around 2:00 a.m.
“I thought I was dreaming. I woke up, and all I could see was flames,” he told WFAA.
Nobody else was around, and his garage was engulfed in flames. He was able to escape in time to get alive, but not without suffering deep second-degree burns to his hand that he used to push the door open.
“My whole palm, my whole hand was all burnt up,” he said.
Montes de Oca was taken to the burn services department at Medical City Plano.
“They were deep second-degree burns to his hands. He’s healing up nicely and we’re watching him for good range of motion,” said Jennifer Rosenthal, who is director of burn services at the hospital.
Medical City Plano is one of two burn centers in North Texas.
“Always put your hands on the door to check the temperature before you open it,” advised Rosenthal.
“My sisters and my dad tell me, ‘God gave you a second chance, dude. I don’t know how you made it out of there’,” Montes de Oca recalled.
Montes de Oca said there was little time do anything, and any time he did have was only because Rocky alerted him.
This is an excerpt from Breitbart.
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