This parrot has earned his weight in the crackers.
A man in Brisbane, Australia, survived a house fire early Wednesday morning when his pet parrot, named Eric, alarmed.
Anton Nguyen was sleeping soundly when his house caught fire just after 2:00 in the morning, according to Australia Broadcasting Company (ABC).
Nguyen did not hear the smoke detector. Instead, he heard Eric calling out his name repeatedly, ABC reported.
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“I heard an explosion and Eric – my parrot – it started screaming so I woke up and smelled some smoke,” Nguyen told ABC.
“I took Eric, opened the door and looked behind the house and saw some flames,”; he added.
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Officials told ABC that Nguyen’s home had a smoke detector, but it was not working before Eric started calling “Anton! Anton! “
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Acting Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Inspector Cam Thomas told ABC that fire crews were able to put out the fire before it spread to other properties.
“The rather large flames engulfed the entire premise, with the contact on the left side needing protection with some blistering on the outside,” Thomas said.
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According to ABC, investigators declared the fire to be the scene of the crime and are investigating the cause of the fire.
Meanwhile, Nguyen is very happy that he and Eric survived.
“I’m shocked but I’m okay,” he told ABC. “Everything’s fine as long as I have me and the bird.”
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