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Yorktown Dog That Saved Family From Fire Found Dead

Nero, who had been missing for a week, was found dead Wednesday morning. Nero saved his from a fire that destroyed their home.
Nero, who had been missing for a week, was found dead Wednesday morning. Nero saved his from a fire that destroyed their home. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Eliseo Family
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Eliseo Family

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Nero, the Newfoundland that saved his family from a Nov. 24 fire that destroyed their Yorktown home, was found dead this morning.

Nero's death was confirmed by his owner Guilio Eliseo, who discovered him this morning. Eliseo said he was bringing Nero to be cremated. Three other dogs perished in the fire that occurred at 3784 Wildwood Street.

"He is with his brothers and sisters," Eliseo said.

According to a post on the family's Find Nero facebook page, Nero was found in the rubble of the home's remains. Eliseo had said Nero was like a son to him.

Nero saved the life of Eliseo's daughter, Marie and wife, Maria, when he began barking and howling, waking up Marie as she slept on the couch.

"It was a very serious howl," Marie Eliseo said Tuesday. "He woke me up before the alarm went off. By the time the alarm went off, the flames were over where I was sleeping. If it wasn't for Nero, I wouldn't be here."

She escaped the house and quick-thinking neighbors Brian Avery, Robert Castro, and Joshua Reed saved her mother, who recently underwent hip replacement surgery, from the roof of their porch using a 20-foot ladder.

Sightings of Nero had been reported all over Yorktown and Cortlandt.

The family is living with cousins in Somers and recently rented a condominium in Mohegan Lake, Guilio Eliseo said.

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