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Rottweiler credited with alerting Louisville family to house fire

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- A fire broke out in the middle of the night with six children inside the home. 

The Jackson and Griffin family never imagined their Rottweiler "Thor" would become a hero and save their lives.

When the Jackson family got Thor two years ago, they didn't plan to keep him.

But now, Bobby Jackson says the pet definitely earned his keep Thursday morning.

"All of a sudden, I heard the dog barking, and he kept barking for like 30 or 40 minutes, and he usually never barks unless there's something going on. So, I got up to see what it was, and I saw smoke. I got up and I took off running and ran out to the front yard and looked up the house and it was just in flames,  15 and 20 feet high," Jackson said.

The fire started around 1:30 a.m. at his home off Union Street near Poplar Level R.

When Jackson saw the flames, he immediately ran back inside and woke his wife and six children to get them out of the house.

Jackson says his family is lucky Thor was there, because the smoke detector in the house didn't go off.

"I thank God that he was there to be able to wake us up to get us out of the house, because he knew something was wrong, something was going on that wasn't right," Jackson said.

Thanks to Thor, the Jackson's were able to escape with their lives, but not much more.

"When we ran out the house, we ran out with just our socks and sleeping clothes. So, even down to our shoes or anything like that, we don't have nothing at all. It's going to be a struggle. In our mind we can't lay down, we can't let this break us," Jackson said.

The family does have homeowners insurance, but says it'll be a lengthy process getting back on their feet.

Right now their focus is on Thor.

"I said something to my wife earlier, I'm going to go buy him a T-bone steak, because he deserves it," Jackson said.  

The Louisville Fire Department says the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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