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Rotti saves family from fire

January 11th, 2007, 04:23 PM
GRESHAM, Wis. -- A Rottweiler awoke a mother in time to grab her two young sons and escape from their burning house over the weekend in eastern Wisconsin, according to sheriff's officials.

The 150-pound dog, named Zeus, awoke Jennifer Brusoe at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday at their rented house, according to a Shawano County sheriff's officials. Brusoe grabbed her two sons, ages 5 and 6, and escaped. One of the children was injured from a piece of falling ceiling, but his injuries were not life threatening, Deputy Jesse Sperberg said in a news release. "She said the whole ceiling was in flames," sheriff's Sgt. Staber Cook said. "She grabbed the children as the ceiling collapsed in the bedrooms."

The Rottweiler and a family cat escaped and were picked up by a neighbor.