Dog saves owner from house fire as smoke fills kitchen and family flee

A quick-thinking dog saved her owner from a devastating house fire by frantically barking and waking her up.

Jack Russell Bella helped alert Diane Thompson at around three in the morning on Saturday, February 6.

The 51-year-old initially thought her pooch had seen a cat outside at their house in Alford, Lincolnshire.

She told Lincolnshire Live: "At this point, I was getting a bit irritated but thought now I'm awake I may as well use the loo, so I went downstairs.

"When I got into the living room, I found it was filled with smoke.

"I went over to the cupboard under stairs as that was where the smoke was coming from and found that the plug socket had caught fire.

"I think I said one or two choice words, but I didn't panic.

"I just called 999 and woke up my son and his partner, who are staying in the caravan outside."

Had it not been for Bella alerting her to the smoke, Diane says she probably wouldn't be here today.

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She added: "It could have been a lot worse. The cupboard is directly underneath my bed. She [Bella] saved my life."

Sadly, almost all of Diane's home has been damaged due to the fire.

Smoke and fire damage has completely destroyed much of the downstairs and upstairs floors.

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Diane doesn't have home insurance, and is facing the prospect of completely renovating the house from scratch herself.

A fundraiser has since been set up by the Alford Storehouse Church and Foodbank along with a GoFundMe page to help her cover the costs.

Diane has been overwhelmed with the generosity of her local community.

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She continued: “I knew I had a few friends, I've been here for 14 years, but I didn't expect this.

"I've helped lots of people in the past, but you don't expect to one day be calling it back.

"I'm so grateful to everyone who has helped so far, I really am."

Any donations can be sent to the Alford Storehouse Church and Foodbank, in West Street, Alford, open Monday to Friday between half 10 to half 12.

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