When the two-alarm fire broke out on the second floor of a five-story building at West 76th Street near West End Avenue at 1:35 AM, couple Quinn Demarest, and Monica Molina were sound asleep in their first-floor apartment.
Realizing the danger that’s getting near, the couple’s beloved husky dog Rikku came into the bedroom to wake them up. Thanks to Rikku, the Upper West Side couple fled to the hallway as soon as they’re awake, pulled an alarm and started knocking on doors to alert their neighbors.
Rikku realized that he needed to wake his owners because there’s a fire outside.
They’re trying to alert the others after Rikku woke them.
“He woke us up, I helped my fiancee out. Rikku let us knock on the doors and set off the alarm that saved everyone,” said Demarest.
After Molina was safely taken out of the building, Demarest went back for Rikku—but it was too late. Most probably because the building was filled with smoke, Rikku who saved them from the fire unfortunately perished before he could escape himself.
Rikku trapped in the smoke.
“I came back, but the fire was too big. I couldn’t get him out. It is still very raw. I cannot talk about him now.”
Heartbroken and too distraught by the incident, Demarest unable to say anything else about Rikku but we can see Rikku’s photos on the couple’s Facebook pages—happily playing in the park, frolicking in the snow and trying on silly Halloween masks.
The couple with their beloved dog, Rikku.
The fire caused injuries to seven residents and one firefighter. The New York Fire Department has not yet revealed the cause of the fire.
May Rikku rest in peace.