ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) - Two barking pit bulls are credited for helping two people, including a woman in a wheelchair, escape a burning house in Rock Hill before it exploded.
The Herald of Rock Hill reports that 49-year-old James Jennings said the dogs awakened him just after 2:30 a.m. Monday.
Jennings is disabled with a back injury, but he helped 52-year-old fiancée Rita Melton into a kitchen chair with curved skids and pulled her out of the home and into the yard. Melton recently underwent surgery for a broken leg after a hip replacement.
After they reached the yard, Jennings said he heard an explosion.
The American Red Cross has put the couple up at a motel, but Jennings said all of Melton's medications, their clothes and other items were damaged beyond use.