Pit bull alerts family to house fire, tries to drag baby to safety by its diaper

STOCKTON, Calif. -- An early-morning fire in Northern California damaged two buildings in a fourplex on Sunday.

A family was able to escape unharmed -- thanks to their 8-month-old pit bull Sasha.

As flames ate away parts of the fourplex, Sasha began to bang at the back door.

"I open it and she runs in and starts barking at me like crazy and I was like, 'OK, this is weird. This is not like her,'" owner Nana Chaichanhda told KTXL.

Chaichanhda quickly raced into the bedroom to grab her 7-month-old daughter and saw Sasha beside her.

"She had already had my baby by the diaper and was dragging her off the bed," she said. "I was like, 'Oh, my gosh, what are you doing?'"

Fire crews responded within minutes of the initial 911 call, and though the flames only reached the attic, Chaichanhda's home is uninhabitable.

Her cousin was not home at the time of the fire.

Chaichanhda and her cousin are staying with their aunts who also live in the fourplex.

As they try to start over after losing their homes, she is thankful for her dog's heroics and hopes it changes people’s view of pit bulls as family pets.

"It meant a lot. I owe her everything. If it wasn’t for her, I would have still been in bed and things could have taken a worse turn," Chaichanhda said.

She said it was one of the rare nights where she left Sasha outside, and it likely ended up being the reason everyone made it out alive.

The Stockton Fire Department said the cause is still under investigation.

The family is still trying to get electricity on in the complex for the two buildings that weren’t affected.