Shocking footage shows man running past firefighters to save his dog as his home is engulfed in flames – and they both make it out alive
- Jose Guzman risked his life to save his pitbull from his burning home in California
- He ignored firefighters by running into the house as the tackled the blaze
- Guzman, who has three daughters, emerges moments later with the dog
- He said he and his family lost everything in the fire and his home was destroyed
A California man risked his life to run past firefighters to save his dog as his house was engulfed in flames.
Firefighters yelled at Jose Guzman to stop as he ran past them into the house in Pala, San Diego, this week.
Shocking footage shows him running into the house, ignoring firefighters who tried to stop him as they battled a massive blaze at the man’s home.
California man Jose Guzman (pictured) risked his life to run past firefighters to save his dog as his house was engulfed in flames
A couple of minutes later, Guzman emerges with his dog. He appears to have a burn on his arm and can be seen checking it in the video footage.
Neighbors and onlookers are also seen outside , with some expressing their shock at Guzman’s actions.
But Guzman didn’t care about belongings. He said he just wanted to save his pit bull, Gabbana.
Guzman is seen emerging from his burning house with his pitbull Gabbana moments later
He had ignored firefighters calls not to go into the house but he said he had to save his dog
He told ABC10 News: ‘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.
‘I knew my dog was here, I knew she was here. I ran through here tried to stay in the middle this was going, this was on fire, couldn’t see anything.’
Guzman said Gabbana was hiding behind the toilet and it took him a matter of seconds to get him out of the house.
He added: ”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, (left), said Gabbana, (right), was hiding behind the toilet and it took him a matter of seconds to get him out of the house
Guzman burned his face and his arms as a result of running into the burning building
Guzman said he, his wife, and three daughters had only lived in the house for just two months.
He added: ‘There’s nothing that survived, nothing, all our savings were here.’
‘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.
In the blaze, Jose and his family almost all their possessions, including the tools that Jose uses for work
Firefighters would caution people against untrained people running into fires, Guzman’s rescued had a happy ending.
However noone was hurt and the community is helping the family through GoFundMe.
In the blaze, Jose and his family almost all their possessions, including the tools that Jose uses for work, KUSI News reported.
Guzman works two jobs, in construction, and as a landscaper.