Man says border collies helped save family from fire

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An Albuquerque man’s house caught fire with his mother and four dogs inside, but he said if it wasn’t for his four border collies, they may have never made it out.

The saying goes, “A dog is a man’s best friend.” Well, Nick Niforos has four of them. Binxie, Ios, Roxy and Daphne.

“I see a little runt of the litter and I got to have them,” Niforos said. “They’re the most loyal.”

They proved to be the most loyal last Thursday morning. Niforos said he was woken up by 5-year-old Binxie.

“This particular time he woke me up and he was persistent,” Niforos said. “So I woke up and opened the door and there was a ton of smoke coming right at me, I couldn’t see more than two feet in front of me.”

A fire had broken out at his home. Niforos said firefighters think it was the floor furnace that sparked it.

“I made sure my mom was out. Got the dogs out and I’m in the backyard at this moment and I thought, ‘Oh no. I got to see if dad’s here.’ Luckily he wasn’t,” he said.

Niforos moved his mom and dad in recently, after the family fell on hard times. So after he made sure his parents were out of the house, he sent Binxie back in to look for Daphne, their 1-year-old border collie, who’s deaf.

Firefighters quickly got the fire out, but the smoke damage was even worse. 

“They’re still worried about asbestos in the air because it’s an older house,” Niforos said.

Meaning a lot of what they had in the house had to be thrown out. Still, Niforos said right now, he’s just grateful.

“Two parents and four dogs, so I can’t be more happy,” he said.

Niforos said it will be months before the family can move back into the home. For now they are staying at a hotel. 

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