Dog alerts Johnston family to house fire
Posted December 11, 2011
Willow Springs, N.C. — A pet dog alerted a family to a fire in their Willow Spring home early Sunday, Johnston County fire officials said.
Fire Marshal Chris Perry said one of the family's three dogs awakened them to the fire at 226 Penwood Road around 5 a.m.
He said the two adults and child managed to get out safely, along with one of the dogs, but two of the dogs died.
Flames had engulfed the one-story home by the time firefighters arrived. Officials said the home was destroyed.
Perry said the homeowners had put out a fire in the fireplace before they went out to bed, but it's possible that the fire ignited materials within the walls while it was still going.
The family is staying with neighbors and also getting help from the Red Cross.