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Dog Rescues Deaf Boy From A Burning Home In Indianapolis

Ace, a 2-year-old pit bull, lived up to his name.

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Wednesday afternoon, a fire erupted in an Indianapolis home. At the time, 13-year-old Nick Lamb, who is deaf, was sleeping inside.

Indianapolis Fire Department

The 13-year-old boy had been excited Wednesday, because he was finally old enough to stay home alone. He usually wears hearing aids but didn't have them in as he napped, so he didn't hear the home's smoke alarms, the local NBC-affiliate reported.

As the fire grew, Lamb's 2-year-old pit bull named Ace licked his face, waking him up to a room full of smoke.

Indianapolis Fire Department

"My dog licked my face and woke me up," Lamb said. "I woke up and the entire house was covered with smoke and we ran out in the backyard."

Ace and the boy both made it outside safely. Now Ace is being hailed as a hero.

Indianapolis Fire Department

Lamb's mother, Lindsay Bernard, called the event "amazing, because if [Ace] wouldn't have been there, he probably wouldn't have even woke up."

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Jim Dalrymple is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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