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What could have been a somber moment turned into a heartwarming rescue of the family pet, when a dog is brought back to life at the scene of a fire.

59News reporter Jessie Gavin spoke with the hero who saved him.

Every human made it out safely but there was a moment of fear when the family thought their dog might not make it. Our 59News crews arrived just moments before the loveable pooch had the closest call of his life.

Who does the pup have to thank? Bluefield fireman Justin Grigg.

"We administered oxygen to the dog and rubbed his chest to get his heart pumping and his blood flowing. Within a few minutes he was on his feet and moving around," Grigg said.

Upon realizing the tiniest member of their family would survive, Grigg told us their reaction.

"They were very, very thankful and excited," he said.

Surprisingly, this was only Grigg's fourth day as a firemen and only his second fire to ever assist with. He told us there's nothing quite like saving lives, humans and furry ones.

"Yeah, this is a real good start. There's no other job in the world that's better than this one," said Grigg.

According to Mercer County dispatchers, the fire started in the kitchen around 6 p.m. Thursday. The homeowner told us he battled the flames single handedly for 15 minutes with a garden hose before crews with the Bluefield Fire Department responded.

The Fire Commander told 59News the house was saved when the water line melted thus pouring water into the house and putting the fire out.

The State Fire Marshall is investigating the cause of the fire.