Barking dog, not a smoke detector helped get resident out of home during fire

Barking dog, not a smoke detector helped get resident out of home during fire
Fire damage to garage (Source: Tucson Fire Department)
Additional damage to garage. (Source: Tucson Fire Department)
Additional damage to garage. (Source: Tucson Fire Department)
Tucson Fire Department crews at the scene of a garage fire near Broadway and Swan. (Source: Tucson Fire Department)
Tucson Fire Department crews at the scene of a garage fire near Broadway and Swan. (Source: Tucson Fire Department)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A resident can thank their barking dog for waking them up to the fact there was a fire burning near their home.

According to a release from the Tucson Fire Department around 11 a.m. Thursday, crews responded to a fire in a garage at a home in the 4600 block of East 10th Street, near Broadway and Swan.  One resident was asleep at home at the time of the fire and was woken up by the dog barking and saw smoke. They were both able to get safely out of the house.

911 callers were reporting heavy smoke in the area, as a neighbor attempted to put the fire out with a water hose, prior to TFD arriving at the scene.

Crews confirmed there was no one else inside the home and worked on extinguishing the fire. It took crews 20 minutes after arriving at the scene to put the fire out. According to TFD the fire was contained to the garage and had not made it to the attic space in the home.

No injuries were reported and a second dog that had been out in the yard was safe.

In total three residents, two adults in their 60s and one teenager, and two dogs were impacted. The residents confirmed there were smoke detectors in the home but weren't sure if they were actually working, as they never went off during the fire.

Building Safety/Code Enforcement was at the scene determining if the family could remain at the home or if the damage was too significant. The Red Cross was called to assist the family.

While the fire started in the garage, the direct cause is still being investigated.

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