Dog runs from burning home into California firefighter's arms

PHELAN, Calif. -- A four-legged fire refugee unknowingly created a memorable moment Wednesday, running into the arms of a firefighter, CBS Los Angeles reports.

The dog ran from a burning home near Phelan straight to Battalion Chief Mike Mohler with Cal Fire.

“Seeing that dog run out of the flames was pretty amazing,” Mohler said. “Really, that dog sheltered in place until it actually saw help, and it didn’t have to be a firefighter. It could have been a civilian - lucky nobody was back there - but it just wanted help.”

Battalion Chief Mike Mohler with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection holds a dog that ran from a burning home near Phelan, California, Aug. 17, 2016.

Battalion Chief Mike Mohler with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection holds a dog that ran from a burning home near Phelan, California, Aug. 17, 2016.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

The family that owns the dog was evacuated and got separated from their pet.

The dog was treated for minor burns, given food and water and taken to an animal shelter to wait to be reunited with the family.