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Dog alerts owners to house fire in Caulfield by scratching on bedroom door

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09 Jul 2015
Sizlah the dog is being hailed a hero after alerting his owners to a fire overnight.

Crews were called to the Orrong Grove home in Caulfield North just after 4am.

The occupier of the property had earlier been smoking on the back deck and had discarded a cigarette that in turn set fire to the fence and back deck of the property. 

Their dog Sizlah, (a Hungarian Vizsla) that sleeps inside, had been trying for more than an hour to get their attention by scratching on the bedroom door. 

Initially they told the dog to go to sleep but eventually got up to see what was wrong. 

At that instant the smoke alarm operated and they could smell smoke so immediately called the brigade.

Quick action from the attending crews extinguished the fire before it got hold of the rest of the house. 

While the dog has been deemed the hero, the working smoke alarm was a terrific back up for the initial canine warning devise that had been ignored. 


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