Teen jumps off school bus to save dog from house fire

Posted at 12:22 PM, Dec 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-03 12:22:10-05

A 14-year-old boy rescued his dog from a house fire after he had to jump off of a school bus on Friday morning, according to Capt. Aaron Ernsberger with the Phoenix Fire Department.

Capt. Ernsberger said the boy was on his school bus and saw that smoke was coming from his home.

He jumped off the bus and opened the back door to his house so his dog could escape.

“The bus driver was yelling me telling me not go in but I just had to open the door,” said the teen, Mike Assi, who is a student at Deer Valley Middle School. “I had to at least yell for my dog to see if I could give him a chance to come out. I was just worried about him. I wasn’t scared. I was worried about him because he’s family.”

The fire in north Phoenix appeared to cause some significant damage.

It started at approximately 7:30 a.m. at a single-family home near 15th Avenue and the Loop 101.

Firefighters have not reported on any injuries or the cause of the fire.

An aerial view of the scene showed thick smoke billowing from the home and at least four fire trucks on the scene.

Firefighters were also seen on the roof of the home as they tried to get the fire under control.