Man Saves Pets From House Fire While Owners Are Out of Town Thanks to Ring Doorbell

A California family has publicly thanked an anonymous jogger who selflessly rescued their pets from a house fire, after alerting them through their Ring doorbell.

Thanks to the jogger, the family's two dachshunds, rabbit and cat were all saved from the fire, which was ultimately contained to the garage.

The jogger rang the doorbell and alerted Courtney Polito of the dangerous situation. After hearing the smoke alarm in the background, Polito gave the jogger the code to her house, allowing him to get inside and rescue the animals.

"I saw him running back and forth," Scotts Valley homeowner Polito told ABC7. "So I answered it and her said, 'Hello, do you see there's smoke coming out of the top of your house?'"

"The fire department said 10 more minutes and the house would have gone," she said.

The jogger amazingly had no second thoughts about entering the house to save the animals, as pointed out by the Polito family. "It takes a special kind of person [to] go into a burning house to save animals," said Polito's husband, Tony.

Although the animals were saved in time, the house has been left with smoke damage throughout with damaged cabinets and Christmas presents, along with their Chevy Blazer.

The local fire department told ABC7 that it's the first time they've seen a passerby use a Ring doorbell in this way.

"This is the first for our agency where someone uses a Ring doorbell system to alert 911 and the homeowners," said Andrew LoFranco, Scotts Valley Battalion Chief.

Despite being the one to save the day, the anonymous jogger left before the family could meet or thank him, but they're hoping they will be able to return the favour soon.

"I want to give him a hug. 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," said Polito.

The jogger's face was blurred by ABC7 at the request of the family, but he wore a yellow t-shirt with a star on, along with a beanie with "Arizona" written on it.

In June, an Amazon delivery driver went viral for her safety warning to a family via their Ring doorbell, after advising they show house numbers clearly.

In a video shared to the house owner's TikTok account, Amazon driver Kelsey could be seen approaching the house while handing advice via the doorbell camera on how to make it safer.

In a sing-song tune, she said: "Hello Jennifer, I hope your Monday is going well. You have no markers on your house, and that [makes it] hard to find your house."

"What if you needed medical assistance and the paramedics didn't know your town well, come on man," she added. "Have a great day."

Newsweek has contacted Courtney Polito for comment.

Ring doorbell and dog
Left: Image of a Ring doorbell. Right: Stock image of a dog behind house window. Getty Images