The quick actions of two Corpus Christi residents are being credited for stopping a major house fire.
The fire broke out inside a bedroom inside of a home on East Manor Drive just off of Williams Street around 4:40 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
According to firefighters, two homeowners were taking down Christmas lights, when they noticed a fire inside one of their bedrooms.
After calling 911, the two residents went back into the burning bedroom with a water hose. They decided to put out the fire before firefighters could arrive.
The two people were able to put out the flames, however, smoke started to fill the home. As a result, when firefighters arrived, the residents received medical treatment for smoke inhalation.
While the residents were being treated, they notified firefighters that they were concerned for a chihuahua that could have been in the house.
Therefore, firefighters looked for the missing dog and found the tiny pet around near the home.
Corpus Christi Battalion Chief Jim DeVisser said the dog was the smartest one of the group because the chihuahua took off from the home after the flames broke out.
Firefighters were able to capture the chihuahua after a brief chase. “He was fast,” DeVisser said at the scene.
Because of the flames and water damage, the bedroom was the only part of the home that received damage.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.