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North San Diego County man rushes into burning home to save dog

Posted: 5:45 PM, Mar 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-13 01:26:45Z
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PALA, Calif. (KGTV) - A North County family lost everything in a fire but their dog, thanks to a man who ran into a burning home.

Firefighters yelled at Jose Guzman to stop as he ran past them into the house in Pala this week.

"When I ran through curtain of fire where my van was and fence, I didn't know what was behind that, decided to come here anyways,” said Guzman.

Guzman didn’t care about belongings; he wanted to save his pit bull, Gabbana.

"I knew my dog was here, I knew she was here,” he said. “I ran through here tried to stay in the middle this was going, this was on fire, couldn't see anything."

Gabbana was hiding behind the toilet.

"All I wanted was to get my dog, I came in here, I didn't hesitate, I just, I had to get her, she's part of the family."

Guzman, his wife, and two daughters had only lived in the home two months.

"There's nothing that survived, nothing, all our savings were here."

Guzman managed to save what mattered.

"Me and family would've been destroyed, we love that dog, I'm sure there's people that would do the same thing,” Guzman said.

While firefighters caution against untrained people running into fires, Guzman's rescued had a happy ending. No one was hurt and the community is helping the family through GoFundMe.