Family Dog Alerts Family Of Fire, All Are Safe | News
Angela Danielson says her family's dog, Brownie, saved their lives when their house caught fire Wednesday morning.
Danielson says she and her 4 sons ages 12, 13, 14 and 16 woke up to the howling of their American Bulldog-Labrador mix.
Houston County's Chief Fire Investigator Bill Smith says they quickly got out of their home on Scarlett Drive and called the fire department. The call came in at 3:42 a.m. Wednesday.
Firefighters saw smoke coming from the eaves when they arrived and found the fire started in the attic of the home.
The home did have a smoke detector, but it did not go off until after the family was already safely out of the house.
Danielson says her family rents the home.
Smith recommends installing a smoke or heat detector in the attic. "This family would have known something was wrong sooner," he said, "and it may have prevented more damage."
The official cause of the fire is not yet determined, but Smith believes it was electrical. The family could not return to the home because of damage to the home's electrical system.
There was also minor damage to the attic and garage of the single-story wood-frame home, which is located in Tara Estates subdivision off Highway 96.