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Firefighters: Dog helps save lives of family in house fire

JACKSON, WI (WTAQ) - Authorities say a pet dog may have saved the lives of four family members who escaped their burning home near Jackson overnight.  

Washington County sheriff's deputies were called just after 12:30 a.m. Monday, apparently after the dog alerted the sleeping family to smoke and flames.  

The first officer on the scene saw the attached garage engulfed in flames. Firefighters quickly put out the fire, and kept it from spreading into the main house.  

Still, the living quarters of the two-story house received smoke damage. The cause remains under investigation.  

Authorities said the home did not have working smoke detectors. A local Red Cross chapter is helping the family.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)