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Man risks life saving neighbors' pets from house fire

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The house is a total loss, but some of the animals got out just in time. The house is a total loss, but some of the animals got out just in time.
WOODVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A Tennessee Valley man risked his life to save his neighbors' pets from a house fire. It happened Thursday afternoon off County Road 36 in Woodville. The house is a total loss, but some of the animals got out just in time.

Jackie Franks had just gotten home from work when he spotted smoke coming from his neighbor's home about a quarter of a mile away.

"I eased down here and there was no one here, so I got out of my truck. I went to the door and hollered," he said. "I kicked the door open and I could hear the dogs hollering."

Franks is also a volunteer firefighter and a councilman for Woodville. He said when he heard the panicked pets, his instincts kicked in.

"I went ahead and grabbed a towel and put it over my face and I went inside," he said. 

Franks went about 10 feet inside to get one dog and then he returned for the second dog. "They had both collapsed completely when I found them," he said. "I started doing compressions on him. You could see the smoke blowing out of him, and I just kept on."

Franks said an ambulance eventually came. He got oxygen for himself and a pet oxygen mask.

"I would do anything for a dog, I'd do it again for a dog or a human, it doesn't matter," he said. 

There were four dogs inside the home at the time of the fire. Franks said he was only able to save the two. He says he's known the family that lives in that home, the Sanders, all his life and they were grateful for what he did.

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