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Monday, February 06, 2006

Dog's Barking Alerts Woman to Fire


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - A little dog is turning out to be a big hero after alerting its owner that the house was on fire.

Prince George's County Fire officials say the batteries in the smoke detector were dead, so it never sounded in the home on Melwood Road in Upper Marlboro when a fire broke out early Monday.

But the family's Dachshund began barking and scratching at his owner's door. That woke her up, and she opened the door to find thick smoke. She brought the dog into the bedroom and called 911.

When firefighters arrived, some began fighting the flames on the first floor, while others put a ladder up to the second-floor window to rescue the woman and her dog.

The animal is fine, and the woman was treated at a local hospital.


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