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Dogs alert occupants of two-alarm house fire

The cause and the amount of damage done are under investigation.
Crews work to put out a house fire in southeast Lincoln
Crews work to put out a house fire in southeast Lincoln(Ryan Swanigan)
Published: Jan. 16, 2021 at 10:42 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 17, 2021 at 12:42 AM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Lincoln Fire and Rescue says some furry friends may have saved the lives of four people living inside a home that caught fire late Saturday night in southeast Lincoln.

The call came in around 10 p.m. of a home on fire near Beaver Creek Lane and Happy Hollow Lane, which is north of the 4800 block of Pine Lake Road.

Acting Fire Chief Dave Engler told 10/11 NOW that crews arrived to heavy fire coming from one side of the home. A second alarm was requested as crews began putting out the flames.

Chief Engler says four occupants were able to get out without any injuries due to their dogs alerting them to the fire. Crews were able to rescue three dogs, one of which had to be revived at the scene. Chief Engler says that dog is doing well and is recovering at a nearby animal hospital.

LFR says that due to the nature of the home’s roof construction, the fire began to spread quickly once it reached to attic portion. After initially having a tough time with the flames, firefighters were able to gain control and extinguish it.

Though there is extensive damage to the home, the cause and the amount of damage done are under investigation. Chief Engler says the family is being relocated with the help of the American Red Cross.

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