Parker County Sheriff's Office deputies Cody Hodges and Cole Harwell saved a dog from an encroaching residential structure fire early Thursday morning. Parker County Sheriff's Office

PARKER COUNTY, Texas — Two Parker County Sheriff’s Office deputies saved a dog from an encroaching house fire early Thursday morning.

At approximately 3:18 a.m., on June 10, 2021, the Parker County Sheriff's Office and area fire departments responded to a residential structure fire in the 2000 block of Wilson Bend Road in the Millsap area of Parker County.

"Deputies arrived on scene and discovered the home was fully engulfed in flames," read a statement from the sheriff's office. "All occupants inside the home had escaped safely but a family dog was located in a fenced portion of the back yard."

"Family members stated the dog, a black Labrador, was located at the north end of the home, where the heat and flames were so intense, they did not believe the dog survived."

Patrol deputies Cody Hodges and Cole Harwell searched the area and found the dog connected to the dog house with the flames from the structure fire quickly encroaching.

The deputies were able to free the dog, carry him over a fence, and into safety. The dog initially fled the scene of the house fire but returned a short time later — thanking the two deputies who braved the heat and flames to rescue him.

Parker County Sheriff Russ Authier commended the deputies stating he was proud they had saved the dog and that no injuries were reported.