POINSETT COUNTY, Ark. — Don't let this little goat fool you: Speedy, the loud family pet, is being hailed a hero.
"I was in the living room sleeping," Abigail Bruce said.
The 10-year-old said her sleep was interrupted Saturday night by Speedy. The goat was jumping on her legs and then her chest. He wasn't giving up until his message got across.
"I was thinking, 'What's happening?' And all I seen was smoke," she said.
Abigail Bruce jumped off the couch and barged into her parent's room.
"I woke up to Abigail running into the room saying it was smokey and she could barely breathe," her father Nick Bruce said.
He soon realized the garage was engulfed in flames.
"The fire was already starting to come through the windows," he said.
The family jumped out the bedroom window and onto the front lawn unscathed.
The fire department arrived minutes later and put the flames out, but unfortunately, the smoke and soot damaged everything inside.
The family said it could have been worse if it weren't for Speedy.
"He knew what to do and everything," Abigail said.
Speedy joined the family only two days before their home caught fire. The goat was an early birthday gift for Abigail.
"I didn't approve of him at first but he'll be there from now on," Nick Bruce said.
Abigail said she knew all along that Speedy wasn't going to be a normal pet.
"I think he was special before we got him," she said.
Officials told WREG the cause of the fire was electrical.