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Pit bull saves family from fire
TALLAHASSEE (CNN) A family's dog nearly gave its own life to save its owners from a house fire.
"If we didn't hear him we wouldn't have gotten up and we would've been the ones in the hospital or dead or anything."
To Sierra Plair this 9-month-old pit bull is more than just a family pet, he's a hero. Fire damaged Blairs home on Lake Drive early Thursday morning.
Onyx alerted the family ...They then escaped unharmed.
But this puppy is now recovering at the Northwood Animal Hospital with burn all over his body.
"The family says onyx was inside his cage on the back porch when the fire broke out. When they heard him yelp they knew something was terribly wrong."
Plair's fianc Trevor Myers says that's when he rushed outside. He found Onyx on fire and doused him with water. Then Plair went upstairs to get her children out of the house. The family of four made it out safely.
Now fire investigators say the cause --- arson---- a frightening reality for this mother of two.
"Honestly the person who did this to my home don't want to know how I feel because I feel like someone tried to kill me and my family. They harmed my dog."
Plair said Onyx is expected to make a full recovery. And she's just thankful he'll be able to return home.