In 1998 in Devon, England, Fido, a pet rat was minding his own business in his cage, when an electric fire set alight Lisa Gumbley's carpet and furniture. Fido managed to escape from his unlocked cage but instead of darting to safety he scuttled up the stairs to awaken single mother Lisa and her daughters, Megan, nine, and Shannon, three.
Fido frantically scratched at the bedroom door to alert 29-year-old Lisa to the impending disaster. She takes up the story:
The noise of the scratching woke me up and I got up to go to the toilet and I found Fido.