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Hero dog rescues owner in house fire

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© Curtis Bryan © Curtis Bryan
© Curtis Bryan © Curtis Bryan
© Curtis Bryan © Curtis Bryan
YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

Her name is Bella and she's a 15-month old German Shepard who's giving new meaning to the phrase "man's best friend."

At around 6:30 Saturday morning, smoke filled her owner's home along Warm Spring Road in Hamilton Township, Franklin County.

Bella jumped on Joseph Rutledge's bed and barked until he woke up. Rutlidge then crawled out of the home to safety. 

"I am just really thankful for her that she was there," he said. "She knew 'oh, ok Daddy is going to yell at me but I am not going to let him lay there.' If it hadn't been for this dog, I might not be here."

Firefighters said the blaze was accidental, likely originating near a wood stove inside the mobile home.

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