In Tampa Florida authorities report that 82-year-old Alice Ferrari and her 83-year-old friend Ted Kolanko stood a big chance of having died in last Saturday’s fire.

Unlike his normal behavior the pooch woke the couple up at 4 AM. Exasperated Alice opened the door to let him out. But he ran out and right away back in.

It’s then that she discovered a fire in the ceiling of her laundry room.

Thanks to the early alert of the dog the couple was able to escape.