Family Pit Bull Helps Rescue 1-Year-Old Girl from Detroit House Fire

Thanks to the brave and unwavering efforts of Blue, a pit bull/Lab mix, a one-year-old girl was rescued from a house fire that broke out in Detroit.

A fire erupted in the unit below the family’s residence, causing thick black smoke and flames to spread throughout the multi-family building. As the chaos ensued, Blue refused to leave the young girl’s side, who was confined to her playpen at the time.

Janet Kelley, the child’s mother and Blue’s owner, received a phone call informing her of the fire while her fiancé’s brother was at their home.

He was trying to evacuate everyone, including the dog, but Blue remained steadfast in protecting the child. It was only when firefighters arrived that Blue led them to the toddler’s location, ensuring her safe rescue.

According to Kelley, while speaking to the Detroit Free Press, she and her fiancé Daquan Davis were at a nearby Walmart with her two eldest children, aged 7 and 9, when the fire broke out at their residence.

She expressed that she was not surprised by Blue’s courageous actions.

Kelley shared that Blue, being a protective canine, always looks out for their family. In addition, she mentioned that the family cat, Smokey, holds a special place in Blue’s heart as his best friend.

Unfortunately, the family’s home was destroyed by the fire, leaving them with only the clothes they were wearing at the time. A friend of the family, Poni Melange, informed WJBK that they are presently staying at a Red Roof Inn, while they work on recovering from the incident. The family includes a four-year-old child, who was also impacted by the tragedy.

“The reality is that when you are in a fire situation, there is little help out there to get people back on their feet as renters,” she added.

“I truly just want my kids to be safe and warm and to be kids. Not worry about where we are sleeping every night,” Kelley said to USA Today.

Kelley has started a GoFundMe campaign to help cover the costs of finding a new apartment and replacing her family’s belongings.

Janet Kelly, 40, plays with her dog named Blue at Red Roof Inn in Roseville on Monday, Feb. 27, 2023. “We can’t take him to a shelter with us because they don’t consider dogs family members,” said Janet Kelly, while talking about Blue, who alerted first responders that 1-year-old Kelly was still inside the family’s home during a house fire. “But if it wasn’t for him, God knows what would have happened.”

Daquan Davis, 28, walks behind the duplex he rents with his fiancé Janet Kelly, along with four children, on Beniteau Street in Detroit .

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