Dog starts barking in the middle of the night, waking family up to a fire spreading in the house

The poodle has been credited with saving the family
July 17, 2018 9:42 am Last Updated: July 17, 2018 9:42 am

As a fire spread through a house in Marlborough, Massachusetts, firefighters rushed in to alert sleeping residents. But a few tenants were warned by a very different hero.

The fire broke out in the early hours of July 6, in a two-family home on Chestnut Street.


All the residents inside were sleeping, but everyone managed to evacuate to safety. For the family on the second floor, it was all thanks to an alert from an unexpected place.

“Second floor tenants said they woke up to the dog barking, looked up and saw orange flames from the back window,” Assistant Chief Fred Flynn of the Marlborough Fire Department told CBS Boston.

That hero: a 3-year-old poodle Divi, who is credited with getting the family out alive.


It’s easy to imagine how things could’ve gone very differently had they not been alerted when they were. The flames were spreading so fast that even the neighbors had to make an emergency evacuation.

“We were sleeping peacefully. [Firefighters] kicked in the door,” neighbor Jim Heafey told Boston 25 News. “I came out, the flames were probably about 10 feet above the house and coming out the windows. It was a little crazy. My girlfriend was freaking out trying to save the pets, and I was trying to get them all out of the house.”


The house has been completely destroyed, and four people have been displaced. The source of the fire is still under investigation.

While it’s a terrible situation, at least everyone is lucky to be alive, thanks to one very alert poodle.