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Barking Dog Alerted Neighbor to Sleeping Couple's House Fire in Chula Vista

Smoke was pouring out of the garage and into the rest of the house as the couple slept.

A dog helped alert firefighters to rescue a couple sleeping inside a burning home while the garage door collapsed in flames in Chula Vista early Monday morning.

The next door neighbor called 9-1-1 to report the fire, when her dog wouldn't stop barking. When she went outside to check on her pet, she saw the fire and alerted the authorities.

A fire was sparked in the couple's garage just before 1:30 a.m., at the 400 block of Windrose Way, according to the Chula Vista Fire Department (CVFD). When firefighters arrived, the couple was still sleeping inside on the ground-level floor as smoke poured out of the garage and into the rest of the house.

Firefighters forced their way into the the house and were able to get the pair safely out and away from the fire, according to the CVFD. Paramedics examined the couple, who managed to avoid any injuries. 

Pieces of the garage door were visibly burnt and mangled by the flames. It appears that the garage door collapsed on top of the cars inside the garage.

Nobody was injured in the fire, but one police officer was sent to the hospital for smoke inhalation. An investigation is underway to figure out what caused the fire. 

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