Dog saves Palatine family from house fire - FOX 32 News Chicago

Dog saves Palatine family from house fire

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PALATINE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The persistent barking of a Palatine family's dog early Monday woke up the occupants of a burning home and allowed them to escape – along with the dog – to safety.

"Three residents… were at home at the time of the fire. They were awakened by their dog barking, which alerted them to the fire," according to a release by the northwest suburb's fire department.

Palatine fire fighters were called to the two-story home in the 700 block of West Evergreen Court about 3 a.m. Monday after receiving a report of the fire.

Fire fighters hacked apart sections of drywall on the first and second floor of the home to extinguish flames, which originated in a garage, but spread to the first floor of the house, the release states.

While the home sustained fire, smoke and water damage, the blaze was "under control" by about 3:30 a.m., according to the release.

The family of three stayed with relatives in the area because their home was declared uninhabitable by firefighters who continue to search for a cause of the blaze, the release states.

No one was hurt in the fire, which drew 22 firefighters, a ladder truck and four fire engines from the Rolling Meadows Fire Department the Palatine Rural Fire District and an ambulance from the Long Grove Fire Protection District.

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