Rhode Island boys save dogs from burning home: video

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Rhode Island boys save dogs from burning home: video

Who let the dogs out? These heroic boys.

A doorbell camera caught the dramatic moment a couple of Rhode Island youngsters rescued three pooches from a burning home after hearing smoke alarms going off during their bike ride.

Anthony Lombardi, 12, and Mario Comella, 13, were biking through their Coventry neighborhood on New Year’s Day when they heard the alarms and stopped to investigate.

They quickly noticed that the dogs were trapped inside the home, which was filling up with smoke, WPRI reported.

“We saw the dogs, they were panicking and barking, and it was so loud,” Anthony told the news outlet.

The quick-thinking boys contacted their friend, who lives at the home, and got the code for the front door.

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The boys are seen in the video in a state of panic trying to free the dogs.
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boys saving dogs
Two of the dogs quickly made an escape but one was stuck in its cage and had to be freed.
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The footage shows the youngsters calling out for the dogs. One of them also yells out to call 911.

Two of the pooches – Faith and Boo – quickly make their escape, but a German shepherd puppy named Chase remained locked in his crate.

Mario then heroically ran inside and rescued the pup.

Homeowners homeowners Athena DiBenedetto and John Salisbury thanked the boys for their bravery.
Homeowners homeowners Athena DiBenedetto and John Salisbury thanked the boys for their quck thinking.
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The homeowners, Athena DiBenedetto and John Salisbury, were out to breakfast at the time of the scary incident.

“With all of the smoke billowing in the house, he didn’t even think twice,” DiBenedetto said about Mario. “He ran in and let the dog out.”

Salisbury said that one of the dogs apparently turned on one of the stove burners, igniting a cutting board on top of it.

“These are very easy to turn on, so she jumped up and put it on high,” he said. “It smoldered for an hour.”

DiBenedetto expressed her gratitude for the boys’ heroics.

“It was very emotional. Those are my babies,” she said. “I still can’t watch [the security video] without getting teary-eyed and thinking about what would have happened if they were there five or 10 minutes later.”

For Mario, the incident was particularly touching because his uncle lost his dogs in a blaze a year ago.

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The three dogs pictured in front of their home.

“I was thinking, ‘This happened to my uncle, so I’m not going to let this happen to my friend,’” he told WPRI.

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