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Barking dog alerts Wauconda man to fire

Published: Saturday, March 15, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

WAUCONDA - A barking dog is to thank after alerting a man to a fire in his home, which did not have any working smoke detectors, according to the Wauconda Fire District.

Around 10:45 p.m. Thursday the Wauconda Fire District responded to a fire at 337 Indian Ridge Trail. The fire was contained to a small room off the front door and was under control in roughly 10 minutes, Wauconda Battalion Chief Kevin Pyne said.

The fire caused approximately $45,000 in damages and the home is currently uninhabitable due to the heavy smoke throughout the house.

The home owner and his dog were the only ones at the residence at the time of the fire and were both uninjured, thanks in part to the animal's barking, Pyne said.

"There were no working some detectors," he said. "It was actually the dog's bark that brought [the home owner's] attention to it."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Crews from Nunda, Lake Zurich and Round Lake assisted on the call.

Pyne said it is important for all residents to check to make sure their smoke detectors have batteries and are functioning properly.

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