An off-duty Elyria firefighter is being called a hero after risking his life to rescue a family pet from a burning home.
Steve Weir was in the middle of a bike ride on Cleveland's far west side, in West Park when he noticed smoke coming from a home near Lorain Road on Truax Street.
The smoke became thicker and darker as he got closer to the home.
When Weir arrived at the burning home, he called 911 and banged on the door to make sure no one was inside.
Weir than notified neighbors of the blaze after he saw their siding begin to melt.
Neighbors told Weir that the family's dog was most likely in the house.
Weir wasted no time kicking in the door, going inside the home to locate the dog.
An unidentified off-duty Cleveland firefighter assisted Weir.
They found the pit bull inside a cage in the back room on the first floor.
Authorities say the dog is fine and both firemen are okay.