Dogs alert Tucson homeowner to fire

2012-10-16T10:20:00Z 2012-10-16T11:19:11Z Dogs alert Tucson homeowner to fireKimberly Matas, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A couple of midtown canines deserve extra dog treats after alerting their owner to an early morning garage fire.

The barking dogs woke their owner just after 4 a.m.

“She checked to see what they were barking at and discovered her garage on fire in the back yard,” said Capt. Barrett Baker, spokesman for the Tucson Fire Department. “The garage was detached from the house. She was able to get the dogs and get out of the house safely.”

Fire crews were on the scene in the 1400 block of East Grant Road between north Mountain and Cherry avenues by 4:14 a.m. and had the blaze under control within eight minutes, Baker said.

The garage was fully involved when firefighters arrived but they were able to contain the the fire to the garage and prevent it from spreading to neighboring properties. Because the flames reached power lines above the garage, a crew from Tucson Electric Power responded to the scene to assist, Baker said.

None of the 23 firefighters who responded were injured in the blaze that destroyed the garage and heavily damaged the Toyota Tacoma inside. The cause of the fire is under investigation, Baker said. Damage is estimated at $32,000.

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