A Stockton woman credits her pit bull with saving her and her baby’s lives after the dog woke them up when the house caught fire.

Latana Chai said her dog Sasha threw herself against the backyard door just before midnight Sunday and wouldn’t stop barking until Chai came outside.


Sasha then darted inside while Chai discovered her house and the neighbor’s house -- part of a fourplex on East Yorkshire Drive -- were on fire.

"As soon as I got to the door, she runs in (and) starts barking, and I’m like, 'What the heck is wrong with you? Like, you don’t do this,'" Chai recalled. "I looked up and there’s black smoke coming from my neighbor’s house. You can see the flames coming out."

Chai then ran back into her home. She found the dog holding her 7-month-old baby Masailah by the diaper, attempting to carry her off the bed.

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