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Dog helps woman escape house fire

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A Waterloo woman is crediting her dog for saving her life from a fire that was spreading into her duplex. 

"This is my hero," said Sheri Bergmann as she held on tight to her dog Leo. 

The fire started early Saturday morning in her neighbors duplex, at 3603 Cadillac Drive. Waterloo firefighters are still investigating the exact cause of the fire. However, they believe in started in the garage. 

Bergmann's neighbor Natalie Bell said they have an 11-month-old and since having him knew they needed more space, so they had just purchased a home. 

"Since deciding to buy a home we had began the process of packing to make the eventual move easier," said Bell. "We have everything that we own in our home. It's not just smoke damage and a garage fire. That was our storage. My children's birth videos."

Bergmann and the family who lives next door all made it out okay. She says if it wasn't for her dog Leo, there would've been a different outcome.

"We were sitting on the couch all snuggled in watching a movie, and once he's usually snuggled in he doesn't go anywhere," said Bergmann. "And all of a sudden he jumped off the sofa and went for the kitchen and I looked and smoke-huge clouds of smoke, and since I couldn't smell it. Thank God he could." 

Bergman who suffered a brain aneurysm a couple years ago, lost her sense of smell. The smoke that was making its way into her apartment, didn't even phase her. 

"Smoke-gray black smoke everywhere," said Bergmann. 

Her dog Leo, quickly jumped into action. The two were able to make it out okay.

Bergmann has significant smoke damage on the walls inside her home. 

"Yup, this is Mommy's hero," said Bergmann.    

The significant smoke damage has forced Bergmann and Leo to temporarily stay at a hotel. 

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