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Worker enters burning Johnson County home to save family pet

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

A Johnson County family of four is without a home after a fire but thanks to the heroic actions of one man, there was no loss of life.

The fire started in the 500 block of Mineral Point Lane just south of Iowa City.

Junior Rivera couldn't believe the call he received at work Thursday morning.

"It just dawned on me, 'Oh my God, my house is on fire,'" he said.

Rivera rushed home to find his family's house of four years destroyed.

Crews from Iowa City and the surrounding area spent hours on scene getting the two-alarm blaze under control.

Neighbors gathered in the streets in amazement

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"It is scary because these homes do go up pretty quick," said neighbor Donette Loy.

But in the midst of all the chaos, it was the efforts of the neighborhood's maintenance worker that is bringing the family some peace.

"Somebody told me that there was a dog in the house and that the window was open," said Bruce Robinson, the grounds foreman for Lake Ridge and Modern Manor in Johnson County.

Robinson, once a volunteer firefighter, climbed through the window inside the burning house and rescued the family dog he found growling in the corner of the room .

"I know how other people can cherish their pets just as much as their kids so I couldn't' let that happen to somebody."

While Rivera and his family are now without a home, the family is grateful for Robinson's efforts and that everybody is okay.

" I thank God that my family wasn't here when it happened.  The dog got saved.  So I'm thankful for that," Rivera said.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

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