Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A fire destroyed a home in Santa Ana today, but the seven family members who lived there all escaped unharmed thanks to their dog, which raised the alarm, one of them said.

Vera Mendez said the family dog, Foxy, a 2-year-old mixed breed female, began barking outside the residence in the 1200 block of South Garnsey Street around 1:45 a.m., waking her son, Robert.

“She began barking like crazy,” Mendez said in a telephone interview. “It woke up my son and he woke all of us up.”

Mendez said the three-generation family of six adults and a 9-year-old boy escaped the house unharmed, and in the nick of time.

“By the time I woke up, almost three rooms were involved,” she said. “We were lucky we got out. All of us, we all barely escaped.”

Forty-seven Orange County Fire Authority firefighters had the fire knocked down in 25 minutes but were not able to save the house, a news videographer reported from the scene.

Mendez said she did not know how the fire started. There were no injuries.

—City News Service

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