WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) – “I feel like I haven’t even processed that yet. Yeah, I don’t know. I mean…it’s hard to put into words,” Tyler Revel said.
For the first time in daylight, Revel saw his whole life in a pile of ashes after a devastating fire destroyed his home on Sunday night.
But in the wake of tragedy, Revel can’t help but be grateful.
“She’s my best friend, man. She’s a good dog. She’s my hero right now. And I’m really, really proud of her,” Revel said.
He says his 6-year-old dog, Monroe, is the only reason he’s alive.
“She didn’t even hesitate. She knew something was wrong and she had to get me out of there. And she did,” Revel said.
He says it all started when he decided to take a Sunday nap while watching football.
“She jumped up on the bed and was immediately like, nudging me in the head and moaning and like, you know, like kind of crying like moaning,” he said.
Revel woke up to a thick cloud of black smoke that filled his entire house. Barely able to see, barely able to breathe, he grabbed Monroe, ran down the hall, and barely passed the flames rushing towards his room.
“We got out just in time, man. Just really lucky. I think if she wasn’t here, I definitely wouldn’t have made it out alive,” he said.
While Revel has a long way to go, he says he has a new perspective on what really matters in life.
“I think we take a lot for granted, you know. All that’s in there isn’t what matters. It can always be replaced. She can’t. I can’t. I’m just…it’ is a humbling experience,” Revel said.
Revel now says he’s just holding out hope that his cat Boo made it out alive because firefighters haven’t found him yet.
If you would like to help Revel with some of the recovery expenses, his family has set up a PayPal fundraiser for him which you can find by clicking here.