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Dog alerts owner to Md. house fire

Fire officials say a dog alerted a homeowner to a fire in their house in Hagerstown.

It happened Sunday afternoon. Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Buck Fraley says the dog was lying on the homeowner's lap when it jumped down, went into the kitchen and started barking.

Thinking someone had gotten into the house, the homeowner investigated and saw smoke coming from the laundry room.

The man went outside with the dog and called 911.

Fraley said the house did not have smoke detectors.

About 18 firefighters battled the blaze. There were no injuries.

-- Herald-Mail of Hagerstown

By Washington Post Editors  | October 26, 2010; 7:43 AM ET
Categories:  Animal Stories, Fires & Fire Safety, Maryland  
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