Pig saves owner's life in apartment fire

Posted at 10:01 PM, Mar 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-29 10:57:57-04

TULSA - A Tulsa woman is grieving after an unexpected hero saved her life in an apartment fire.

Everything Courtney Goff had was destroyed in the fire that began early Saturday morning, but it's not her things she grieves for, it's the loss of her miniature pig that hurts the most.

Theodore isn't your average pig. He was a traveler, an ice cream lover and a best friend. Now, the term hero can be added to that list after Theodore awoke his owner during a large fire. 

"I'm kind of just used to having to get up in the middle of the night because of his noises, so I assumed he was hungry. But I think he was oinking because he knew something was wrong," said Goff.

Once Goff woke up, she saw the flames and ran to get her friend and father. When she returned for Theo, a wall of smoke separated them. Firefighters forced her to leave.

"I think I screamed at every firefighter that was there. My pig is in there, my pig is in there. Please go get my pig, go get my pig," said Goff.

Goff then did the unthinkable, running back into a smoke-filled home looking for Theo. As she crawled low to the ground trying to find him through the thick smoke, her hair caught fire. 

Theo was nowhere to be found and Goff was again forced from her home. 

"20 minutes later, the fireman said that they found his body but he wasn't burned up, so I think he passed out from the smoke," said Goff. 

Goff says she doesn't care about her things. Theodore is the only thing she wants back. 

The cause of the fire is still unknown.  Goff says she is having Theo cremated and plans on holding a memorial service for him. In the meantime, Goff, her father and friend did lose everything. 

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help them out through a trying time.

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