Service dog alerts owner to burning home; both rescued

TUCSON, Ariz. (KVOA) -- A service dog woke up his owner to his burning home just as Tucson Police officers made their way in to help safely rescue the man and his dog Monday night.

Tucson Fire received multiple 911 calls at around 8:52 p.m. reporting an orange glow and smoke coming from the backyard of a house located in the 5100 Block of East 23rd Street, near 22nd Street and Rosemont Avenue.

One of the 911 calls came from the Tucson Police Department.

Officers were already on scene responding to a call just a few houses away from the fire. The officers immediately ran to the house.

According to Tucson Fire, the man was sleeping when he felt his dog tugging at his arm. Just as he woke up, the officers had made their way into the house to rescue him and his service dog from the approaching flames.

When firefighters arrived, high winds had quickly spread the fire from the backyard to the shed to the roof and then into the house.

It took firefighters 24 minutes to put out the fire.

There were no injuries reported to the 58-year-old man and his service dog or the officers and firefighters.

The American Red Cross is assisting the man and his service dog with temporary shelter.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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