A Northern California man interrupted his morning jog to rescue a stranger’s pets –including two dachshunds, a rabbit and a cat – from a burning home.
The man, identified by KSBW as Paul Murphy, was out running November 6 when he spotted smoke billowing from a Scotts Valley, California home.
The homeowners weren’t home at the time, oblivious to the danger their animals were in, until Murphy used their Ring surveillance system to communicate with them.
‘I saw him running back and forth,’ homeowner Courtney Polito told WTHR 13. ‘So I answered it and he said, “Hello, do you see there’s smoke coming out of the top of your house?”’
Smoke alarms began sounding and Polito shared her home access code with Murphy, who ran inside to save the two dogs, a bunny and a cat.
A jogger, identified as Paul Murphy, communicated with homeowners via their Ring surveillance system after noticing their house was on fire November 6
The homeowners, who heard smoke alarms sounding, gave him access to the home and watched as he ran into it to rescue their dachshunds, rabbit, and cat
The Ring camera captured him running in and out of the house to spare the furry strangers.
If he hadn’t stepped in to help, the story couldn’t have had a happy ending, she said.
‘The fire department said 10 more minutes and the house would have been gone,’ she said.
It’s not clear where Murphy left the pups after rescuing them, but firefighters said he left the scene before they arrived
Homeowner Courtney Polito credited the stranger with saving her home and pets’ lives
Her husband, Tony, told the outlet ‘it takes a special kind of person’ to enter a stranger’s burning house to rescue pets.
It’s not clear what Murphy did with the animals, but he was gone by the time firefighters arrived to extinguish the blaze. The fire was contained to the garage.
Scotts Valley Battalion Chief Andrew LoFronco said the incident was new for his department.
Courtney Polito said she wanted to give the rescuer ‘a hug’ for saving the day
Tony Polito said ‘it takes a special kind of person’ to enter a stranger’s burning house
‘This is the first for our agency where someone uses a Ring doorbell system to alert 911 and the homeowners,’ he told WTHR.
Courtney Polito said she was eager to thank the good Samaritan.
‘I want to give him a hug,’ she told the outlet. ‘I’ll bring him to lunch. I’ll bring him dinner. I don’t know… I just want to thank him so much and let him know how thankful we are.
‘My kids, my husband, we would be devastated if we lost our pets, let alone our home.’