By Wendy Williams
A DUO of heroic pets have saved a family of eight from a devastating house fire.
Dogs Simba, a Shar Pei, and Nala, a Chihuahua, woke up the Fernandez Guerrero family one by one after smoke filled the family home in Granada.
The fire, which was caused by a short circuit, broke out while the family of eight were sleeping last Wednesday night.
“It was a nightmare and we are only alive thanks to the dogs,” said Antonio Fernandez, 67, a retired businessman.
His wife, Lola, 66, was asleep downstairs with two of her grandchildren, aged five and nine, while the rest of the family was upstairs.
But the quick thinking pets split up to rouse their owners and lead them to safety.
The house was destroyed in the blaze but the family had a lucky escape.
The five adults and three children all escaped unhurt, although Simba, the hero of the story, had to be treated for smoke inhalation.
“We own him our lives and we will never be able to repay what he has done for us,” owner Leticia said.
Meanwhile one of the firemen who helped put out the blaze added: “If the dog had not noticed in time, the smoke inhalation would have killed them all.”