Pala man saves dog from burning house

PALA (KUSI) – The fire that tore through Jose Guzman’s home in Pala destroyed almost everything his family owned, except for one thing, their dog.

In cell phone video that’s gone viral, Guzman is seen rushing past firefighters and into his burning home in a frantic search for his dog. Fighting heavy smoke, Guzman ran to the back and found Gabbana still on her leash, but crouched inside the bathroom, the only room that had not burned.

As the video shows, only a few moments later, both of them emerge, running out of the property to safety.

With his adrenaline pumping, Guzman said he did not realize that he had been burned on his face and arms, until the rescue was over. His two and a half year old dog was singed on her nose and paws.

In the blaze, Jose, his wife and three daughters lost almost all their possessions, including the tools that Jose uses for work.

Guzman works two jobs, in construction, and as a landscaper. However, amid the rubble and ruin, Guzman said he sees the blessings. He has his family and their love, including the love of one family member who can’t put her appreciation into words.

When asked what does the dog mean to him, he told us with his voice choking up with emotion, “She’s been with us forever. She’s part of the family. We love her.”

You can help the Guzman family recover from the fire by donating to their GoFundMe page ( https://bit.ly/2VRoMne ).

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