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Dogs alert family of house fire

Posted at 10:43 AM, Mar 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-13 19:28:39-04

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV)-  Candles from a religious shrine set a couple's house on fire early Sunday morning. 

The fire happened in the 700 block of West Calle Lerdo shortly after 3 a.m. according to Tucson Fire Capt. Barrett Baker. 

Baker says the couple woke up hearing popping noises and their dogs barking. The woman then attempted to put the fire out with a garden hose. 

Baker says crews arrived and suspected an attic fire. The ladder crew arrived and cut a hole in the roof.

The two residents and their five small dogs were able to get out of the home safely. 

TFD reminds residents to keep candles a distance of at least 12 inches and always blow them out before going to bed.