Late on Sunday night, Latana Chai was lying in bed at home in Stockton, California, when she was stirred from sleep by a frantic sound. When she got up to investigate, Chai discovered that it was Sasha, barking and throwing herself against the back door.
It was then that Chai realized that she and her 7-month-old baby Masailah were in serious danger. Sasha knew it first.
"As soon as I got to the door, she runs in [and] starts barking, and I’m like, 'What the heck is wrong with you? Like, you don’t do this,'" Chai told KCRA 3. "I looked up and there’s black smoke coming from my neighbor’s house. You can see the flames coming out."
With the fire quickly spreading to Chai's unit, time was of the essence for the family to get out. Sasha evidently knew that too.
The dog ran straight for Masailah.
"I ran into the room and I see Sasha," Chai told the news station. "She has my baby by the diaper just dragging her off the bed — trying to get her to safety."