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Tucson man saved by his service dog and TPD from house fire

Posted at 2:31 AM, Jun 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-27 05:31:29-04

A Tucson man is displaced from his home after his service dog woke up him to a house fire Tuesday morning. 

According to a press release from the Tucson Fire Department, a Midtown house fire began in the owner's backyard and quickly spread to the shed and house around 9 p.m. Monday night. The owner of the house, a 58 year old man, was asleep inside when the fire broke out. 

His service dog tugged on his arm to wake him up. Both the service dog and the owner were able to get outside safely with the help from Tucson police.

TPD was down the street on a separate call when they saw the flames and rushed to the scene. 

The first unit on scene determined the home to be 75% involved in the fire. Ten units and 27 firefighters controlled the fire 24 minutes after arriving on scene. 

The Red Cross will be helping the man and his service dog. 

There is no known cause for the fire. 

The TFD says in this case, the occupant was woken up by his service dog and TPD. However, there may not be a service dog in the house or TPD nearby. But, working smoke alarms are on call 24/7 for your safety. TFD says "smoke alarms save lives".