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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

It's Fire Prevention Week, and one Waterloo family has technology to thank for being alive.

Waterloo firefighters arrived to a home on the 1400 block of Robin Road around 10 p.m. Friday night after flames spread from the back bedroom.

Even though the damage on the inside of this home, located on the 1400 block of Robin Road is quite extensive, the homeowners say they plan to repair and rebuild.

"The Red Cross has been awesome. You don't know what kind of friends you've got till this kind of  thing happens," homeowner Steve Youngblut said.

Youngblut says he ran from the garage when he noticed a monitor to watch his wife Jackie, who suffers from Dementia, go blank from the garage.

"I ran straight up the steps, and I couldn't get the door open. I was petrified. I could see her standing there and trying to get out. Something was wedged against the door. I was finally able to get it open and get her out," Youngblut said.

Moments later, Waterloo Firefighters arrived.

"I told them I was still missing a pup. They told me they would take care of it. They came to the hospital later, and told me they saved the pup," Youngblut said.

The Youngbluts decided to name this guy Fireman, or FM for short, after Waterloo Firefighters were able to rescue him, just feet behind this door on Friday.

Right now, the Youngbluts are staying in their garage with their six dogs, until more help comes along.

"It's been a little heartbreaking. We go to fires all the time and try to help people with what we can. With Steve and Jackie's situation, they did not have home insurance," American Red Cross Disaster Team Member, Sharon Keith said.

The Youngbluts are asking for help, even though they don't know how much it will cost to repair the damages. 

You can donate to the American Red Cross to help the Youngbluts and other families impacted by disaster.

They're asking for food, money or clothes to help.

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