Breaking: Dog alerts family to overnight house fire in Walton County

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Firefighters from Walton County Fire Rescue and Monroe Fire Department were called to a residential house fire overnight on Arbor Drive off Double Springs Road in Monroe. The home was destroyed and has displaced a family of 10 and two dogs. It also burned two vehicles that were parked in the garage.
Fire destroys a home on Arbor Drive in the early morning hours of March 8, 2019. Photo credit: Walton County Fire Rescue
“The call came in at 2:21 am. Upon arrival of the first firefighters, there was heavy fire throughout the home,” said WCFR Batallion Chief  Craig League, adding that the Red Cross is assisting the eight adults and two children who lived in the home. “The family was alerted to the fire by a canine inside the home. A family member investigated the disturbance from the dog and found the house on fire.”
League said the house was a total loss. All the occupants were able to escape the blaze, including the dog that first alerted the family to the fire as well as a second dog that was rescued from the home by firefighters.
“It sustained minor burns but was overall okay,” League said. “There was one minor civilian injury reported. He did not seek further medical treatment other than being treated by EMS on the scene.”
League said the home next door also sustained some minor damage due to radiant heat from the house fire.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Investigators will return to the scene at daylight to search for the fire cause. 

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