- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

LELAND, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina family’s dog is alive, thanks to the actions of an off-duty Leland police officer who ran into a burning home to save the animal.

WWAY-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2mGaUuw) that Sgt. Jonathan Hall kicked down the door of the home Sunday night. He didn’t find Kia until after he went back outside to take a breath and saw the dog come through the door he’d kicked open.

Two other homes were damaged by the fire that started across the street after a neighbor was burning brush, but single dad John Davidson and his 8-year-old daughter Hali lost everything, including Hali’s pet hermit crab and fish.

WWAY-TV says the two were on vacation in Florida when the fire broke out.

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Information from: WWAY-TV.

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