A family pit bull has been hailed a hero after waking up its owner and grabbing her baby girl by her nappy as their home was engulfed in flames.

Latana Chai's dog Sasha began to act strangely - throwing herself against the back door and furiously barking in a desperate bid to alert her owner.

"As soon as I opened the door she runs in, starts barking, and I'm like, 'What the heck is wrong with you?" Chai, from California, told KCRA.

Sasha then sprinted inside to try to save Chai's baby.

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"I looked up and there's black smoke coming from my neighbour's house. You can see the flames coming out," Chai said.

A Californian family is crediting their eight-month-old pitbull Sasha with saving them by waking them up and grabbing the baby by the diaper when their house caught on fire. Photo / GoFundMe
A Californian family is crediting their eight-month-old pitbull Sasha with saving them by waking them up and grabbing the baby by the diaper when their house caught on fire. Photo / GoFundMe

Chai ran inside to find her dog Sasha trying to drag her 7-month baby out of the house by her nappy.

"I ran into the room and I see Sasha, she has my baby by the diaper, just dragging her off the bed, trying to get her to safety," she said.

Chai grabbed her baby daughter and Sasha and sprinted out of the house to safety and called the fire brigade.

Firefighters put out the blaze.

Her property and the neighbour's property are part of a fourplex and all are condemned after the fire.

Sasha ran straight into the bedroom and grabbed the seven-month-old by the nappy. Photo / KCRA
Sasha ran straight into the bedroom and grabbed the seven-month-old by the nappy. Photo / KCRA

Chai's daughter and Sasha were born days apart and already shared a special bond before the fire.

If it wasn't for Sasha, Chai believes she and her baby wouldn't be alive today.

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"[Sasha] saved everybody," Chai said.

"If it wasn't for her, I don't think that any of us in this complex would have known anything."

Chai set up a GoFundMe page to help the family find a new home and to replace clothes and food destroyed in the fire.