Dog saves Silverton man from devastating house fire

A Silverton man safely escaped his burning home Thursday after his dog alerted him to the flames.

Silverton Fire crews responded to a burning home, located on the 4300 block of Silver Falls Highway, shortly after 7 a.m.

Crews arrived to find fire shooting out of the home's door and windows, catching nearby trees on fire.

Firefighters from Mount Angel and the Drakes Crossing Fire District were called in to help extinguish the two-alarm fire.

Silverton fire officials said the home did not have working smoke alarms, but the owner's dog roused him. Both the man and the dog safely escaped the burning home.

Crews brought in water tanker trucks due to the home's remote location. Firefighters brought the blaze under control within 45 minutes and fully extinguished remaining hot spots by 11 a.m.

Fire officials said the home and all of its contents were a complete loss, with an estimated damage of $75,000. There was no insurance on the home. The American Red Cross Cascades Region is providing assistance to the man, the home's sole occupant.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but officials said it appears to have been accidental in nature.

Silverton fire officials reminded residents that working smoke alarms save lives and encouraged them to check alarms every six months.

For questions, comments and news tips, email reporter Whitney Woodworth at wmwoodwort@statesmanjournal.com, call 503-399-6884 or follow on Twitter @wmwoodworth

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