Homeless man storms into shelter engulfed in flames to rescue animals inside
An Atlanta man who rushed through an inferno to save animals trapped inside a shelter has been hailed a ‘guardian angel’ by local residents and emergency services.
Published on the 01/01/2021, 12:00
On December 18th 53-year-old Keith Walker arrived at W-Underdogs to collect his old faithful Pitbull Terrier for a walk. Mr Walker, who has no fixed address, leaves Bravo at the shelter overnight.
But this morning, as soon as he had the shelter in sight, Walker could see the building was on fire. Wasting no time he plunged into the flames to begin a rescue of the dogs and cats caught up in the fire, including his beloved Pitbull.
“Nervous as hell”
Speaking to CNN, Gracie Hamlin the shelter’s founder said that by the time she arrived at the shelter - after being notified of the fire – Walker was already darting in and out of the building in an attempt to save the residents.
Walker, who was also interviewed, told reporters he was “nervous as hell”.
“I'm not going to lie,” he said, “I was really scared to go in there with all that smoke. But God put me there to save those animals.
“If you love a dog, you can love anyone in the world. My dog is my best friend, and I wouldn't be here without him, so I knew I had to save all those other dogs.”
Hamlin referred to Walker as her “guardian angel”. In a later statement she said she intended to do all she could to support the homeless man, and to provide him with shelter as thanks for saving the lives of the dogs and cats under her care.
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