Fire officials are praising a pet dog for his heroics in alerting a sleeping family to a large scale fire that had broken out at their southern Maine home.
WCSH-TV reports the dog's barking woke up residents of a home on Kansas Shores Road in Bridgton as flames ripped through the structure. The fire was reported around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
The family and their dog were able to escape the burning home without injury. Fire crews from eight communities helped Bridgton firefighters extinguish the blaze.
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Fire officials say the house sustained severe fire, smoke and water damage but is not considered a total loss.
The State Fire Marshal's Office will investigate the cause of the fire on Monday. The blaze is not considered suspicious at this time.