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Family says dog saved their lives

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Man's best friend lived up to its name in Oldsmar Monday.  A dog alerted her family that their home was on fire and they needed to get out right away.

The house is no longer a home.  Now, it's a burnt out shell of itself, black and charred.  There's almost nothing left.

"By the time I could even think about what to do or go and do anything, it was just gone," said homeowner Mike Brenner.

Hours after the fire, Brenner could only pick through the rubble trying to salvage something, anything.  At least, he's alive.  He and his girlfriend were asleep when the fire started.  But something woke them up.

"We heard a few more barks.  Patty got up.  Looked out in the garage.  She said the garage was on fire," Brenner said.

Their dog Savannah bared and barked, until her owners got up and realized there was fire. 

Brenner says Savannah saved their lives.  The ferocious flames ripped through the house on Bedford Road so quickly, that Brenner and his girlfriend could've not noticed them in time, had it not been for man's best friend saving the day.  Now, neighbors and friends are doing what they can.

"They've all been stopping by giving support, bringing coolers with food and water," said neighbor Scott Strong.  "The pet store donated dog food and dishes and chew toys for the dogs."

Monday afternoon, Strong even helped carry out food to store it in his spare fridge.  He's also keeping an eye on a painting that is the only piece of Patty's personal artwork that made it.  The fire also destroyed a lot of expensive equipment.

"He has a bunch of aviation tools.  He's an aviation mechanic," said Strong.  "He restores vintage motorcycles.  Three of them couldn't get out.  They burned up."

Those things are gone, but Mike and Patty - and Savannah - are still here.

Fire investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire, but say it doesn't appear to be suspicious.

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