Woman says dog saved her from fire

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A woman is crediting her dog with alerting her to a fire outside of her home.

It happened early Tuesday morning near 46th Street and Thomas Road.

The fire apparently started at the water heater.

Maira Alston said her seven-year-old dachshund named Ruby was aware of the fire before the smoke detectors were triggered.

"My little girl Ruby woke me up barking in my ear," said Alston. "So I got up when I smelled smoke and I went to the back and I saw flames out the back door and the storage unit was on fire."

Alston said Ruby would not stop barking until Alston got out of bed.

"I'm her momma so I think she would save me no matter what," said Alston. "Their dachshunds. Their wiener dogs. They're smart. She did her job."

Alston ran next door to wake up her neighbors. They also got out safely.

Firefighters rescued Alston's other dachshund, an 11-year-old dog named Basil.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.