Dog saves Glendale family from house fire


by Jennifer Thomas

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Updated Sunday, Dec 15 at 6:45 PM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A family's dog is being called a hero after a fire ripped through a Glendale home that did not have working smoke detectors.

According to the Glendale Fire Department, the residents of a home near Cactus Road and 59th Avenue woke up when their pit bull-Akita mix, Ace, began frantically barking Friday morning. The residents smelled the smoke, which had filled up the majority of their home.

They were able to get out of the house through the back door and safely into the backyard, along with their two dogs and two cats.

Fire crews arrived and found the two adults huddled up in the corner of the backyard behind a pool pump.

Glendale fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms can double your chance of survival in a house fire.

Follow these tips from the Glendale Fire Department to ensure your home is safe:

• Be sure your smoke detectors are working by checking each one on the first day of the month.

• Know what your smoke detector sounds like to ensure that your family will be able to react quickly in case of a fire.

• Replace the battery once each year.

• Install a smoke detector in each sleeping room and at least one in every level of your home.

• Since smoke rises, install them on the ceiling or on the wall 4 to 12 inches from the ceiling.

• In rooms with pitched ceilings, mount the detector at or near the ceiling's highest point.

• Do not install a smoke detector near a window, door or forced air register where drafts could interfere with the unit's operation.

• Develop and practice a home escape plan with two ways out of every room.

• If your smoke detector sounds an alarm -– get out of the house quickly and stay out.

• Have a designated meeting place for your family once out of the home.