A one-year-old Pomeranian named Shadow is being hailed a hero for helping a Mililani family get out safely from a house fire, just in the nick of time.

There was a smoke alarm in the house and the family still doesn’t know why it didn’t work. But thanks to Shadow’s persistence, everyone got out unharmed.

Shadow tends to bark a lot and even his owners admit that there have been times when it can get annoying.

“Specially early in the morning when I’m just getting up,” said owner Darcie Edra.
“Do you feel differently about it now?” KHON2 asked.
“I feel very differently now. I’m gonna pay more attention when he starts barking,” said Edra.

Shadow was in the living room with their other dog, a four-month-old named Sydney, when the fire broke out in the kitchen around 8:30 Thursday morning.
Edra was with her one-year-old son in the bedroom, while her eight-year-old son was sleeping in the other bedroom. Edra went out to check when Shadow started barking.

“I didn’t see anything and I went back in the room and he just kept barking and barking. Normally he barks at the neighbor,” she said.

So she went back out again a few minutes later, and realized then why Shadow wouldn’t stop.

“I just opened the door, the smoke was coming all in here and from this point behind this wall, we can see the flames already and the smoke. There were already flames, it was here all against the the wall and it was kind of overlapping the wall this way, so we had to duck down and just get out as fast as we could,” said Edra.

That persistent barking gave her enough time to drag her two children past the narrow hallway, which likely would have been blocked by flames minutes later.

“If he hadn’t been barking it would have been a lot worse I think we might have had to jump out of the window. The fire probably would have spread to the hallway. There’s no way we would have got out it wasn’t for the dogs,” she said.

So everyone got out safely, dogs included. Edra also knocked on the neighbor’s door to warn them. She even had time to go back inside and grab the fire extinguisher to keep the fire from getting worse. As a reward for Shadow and Sydney?

“More treats go to the dog park more,” she said.
“Take them to the beach,” said her husband Mason Edra.

The family says they will never ignore Shadow’s barking again. The Honolulu Fire Department says the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Damage is estimated at $50,000.