Dog saves lives in multi-family home fire on Warburton Avenue

YONKERS - A family pet is being hailed as a hero today after saving the lives of two Yonkers families from a fire.

Residents at a multi-family house at 423 Warburton Ave. say Nala, a pit bull, started barking overnight and alerted everyone to the danger. A total of 10 people, including three children, one of whom just 5 weeks old, were able to flee the building safely.

Investigators say it looks as though the fire started on the second floor, and they are calling it suspicious. One of the victims says he knows the fire was intentionally set. "I saw the lighter fluid; I saw it and I smelled it," says Stephen Armstead.

Yonkers police say they are now searching for a man who may be responsible for starting the fire. One of the fire victims told News 12 that a man with a purple tank top was seen running away from the scene.

Five firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the flames.

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