Rescue Dog Saves Family From House Fire In Levittown

LEVITTOWN, NY (CBSNewYork) – Man’s best friend came to the rescue on Long Island overnight.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

A fire broke out around 1 a.m. in a one-story home on Prentice Lane in Levittown, but it was a mixed breed dog named Lily, who was recently adopted from the North Shore Animal League, that woke up the four people inside, before smoke detectors even went off.

“The dog saved a life. Again, it was incredible,” said owner Timothy Argento.

Lily the hero dog and owner Timothy Argento - Feb 24, 2012 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

Lily the hero dog and owner Timothy Argento - Feb 24, 2012 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

Timothy was at work at the time when the blaze broke out in the back of the home.

His wife, his 11-year-old twin daughters, and their friend were sleeping at the time.

“I just zoomed home,” said Argento. “The kids are all right. I got home,, saw them. They went to the hospital to get checked out and they had a little bit of smoke inhalation and everybody’s fine.”

What is even more amazing is that Lily would not leave the home until everyone got out.

Argento says it is just stuff that was lost in the fire, and that can be replaced.

Authorities said the blaze is not suspicious.

  • Jerry

    Rumor has it the dog overheard his owners decision to bring him back to the pound so he is the one who set the fire in the first place.

  • gmazzanti

    We had cat that kept running up and down stairs and woke us up to find smoke from a candle left on that dripped into TV…Thankyou Mr. CAT!!!!!…a long time ago.

  • Tozzie

    18 Years ago my dads dog saved his life in a fire , got him out of the house, they are amazing animals, I hope lily gets a few extra treats she deserves them!!

  • raf

    Amazing story about man’s best friend. Story left out how the fellow must have had a security cam setup to know his dog was barking.

  • Animal Lover

    Really?? THAT’S what you decide to comment about? All animals deserve a good home, regardless if they save their owners or not. My dog or cat is not loved any less because one may or may not “save” my life. If you have nothing constructive to say then go troll somewhere else.

    • memsaab

      Actually I know someone whose cat DID save his life. He had a stroke and made it to the door of his apartment but collapsed inside after cracking it open. The cat went out into the hallway and kicked up a huge racket until one of the neighbors came out to see what was going on. The cat ran into the apartment and then back out until the neighbor came all the way down the hall and saw my friend lying there.

  • RoyBoySays

    Good puppy,they rescued him,and he returned the favor tenfold………..

  • Maddie

    Dog spelled backwards, is God.

    Lilly is just returning the favor of Mr. Argento saving her life.

    What a beautiful story.

  • 2012

    Animals are a blessing from our Creator. Respect everything that lives.

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