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Dog alerts owners during fire

By Greg Ellison | Mar 01, 2018
Photo by: Greg Ellison Multiple fire companies responded to a house fire at 11222 West Marie Drive in Bishopville, whose inhabitants escaped unscathed after a family dog altered them, last Thursday at approximately 7 a.m.

(March 2, 2018) A beloved family pet proved heroic after alerting its family to a house fire in Bishopville early last Thursday morning.

Worcester County Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Matthew Owens said volunteer fire companies from Bishopville, Showell and Selbyville responded to a residential structure fire at 11222 West Marie Drive at approximately 7 a.m.

Firefighters at the scene reported the fire was shooting out of a single-story attached garage and spreading to the residence, which was occupied by two adults and three children, in addition to a pair of cats and dogs.

Eventually the fire was brought under control without any injuries to the family.

Owens reported the family was alerted to the blaze by the dog whose barking allowed everyone to escape without harm.

Although both dogs survived the ordeal, the family suffered the loss of two cats.

Owens said the cause is yet unknown and the investigation is continuing.

The family is receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.

Anyone with questions or information about the incident is asked to call Owens at 410-632-5666 ext. 2 or email mowens@co.worcester.md.us

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