Brave homeless man risks life to rescue animals in shelter after fire breaks out

A brave homeless man risked his life to save animals in a shelter that had caught on fire.

Keith Walker saw W-Underdogs in Atlanta, Georgia, engulfed in flames when he arrived.

Mr Walker had gone to pick up his pet pit bull Bravo on December 18 when he leapt into action.

A fire had broken out in the animal shelter and he could see it was quickly spreading across the building.

The 53-year-old went in to rescue all the animals inside, including 10 cats and six dogs.

Mr Walker told CNN: "I was nervous as hell, I'm not going to lie. I was really scared to go in there with all that smoke.

"But God put me there to save those animals. If you love a dog, you can love anyone in the world. My dog is my best friend, and I wouldn't be here without him, so I knew I had to save all those other dogs."

Shelter founder Gracie Hamlin compared Mr Walker's heroics to those of a "guardian angel" reports The Mirror.

She told the US news network the firefighters had called animal control but Mr Walker "was already in the building pulling out the cats and dogs until they were all safe".

"I can't thank him enough for saving my animals. I'm still in disbelief, because I've been around a fire and I know how fast they flare up. He is my hero."

The fire was later put down to an electrical fault, and while it was quickly extinguished the building was left uninhabitable, the shelter said in a Facebook post.

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All the animals have now been moved to a new building, with the shelter in the process of relocating to a new HQ at the time of the fire.

"They are all happy, warm, safe, and comfortable in their new temporary home," W-Underdogs said.

As a thank you, a GoFundMe page has been set up for Mr Walker – who has been on the streets since he was 13 – and has already seen more than $27,000 in donations.

While a second fundraiser was launched for the shelter.

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