An Ohio woman and her teenage son who escaped a house fire say they owe their lives to the family dog, who died in the blaze.

Glenda Moss of Piqua says she was sleeping in a recliner in the living room when Jeter, a 5-year-old Great Pyrenees, jumped in her face Thursday morning. Moss says she smelled smoke and ran down the hall to get her 19-year-old son.

All three fled the home, but Jeter ran back inside. Moss went back in to try to find the animal but had to come back out because of the smoke.

Assistant Fire Chief Mike Rindler said the family was lucky. He said the house didn't have smoke detectors, and the smoke likely would have been deadly if not for the dog alerting its owners.

A cause of the fire is under investigation.