A family of six escaped safely from a fire early Thursday in southern Union County after being alerted by their dog, fire officials said.
The dog died in the blaze, however.
The fire was reported shortly before 12:30 a.m. at a mobile home on Clarksville Campground Road, about 5 miles south of Monroe. Firefighters found the home in flames when they arrived, and it took them about an hour to bring the blaze under control.
The alert from the dog enabled the five adults and a child to escape. Fire officials in Union County said there were no working smoke alarms in the residence.
An investigation into the cause of the blaze is continuing, but officials said they found a working kerosene heater near a bookcase inside the home.
WBTV, the Observer’s media partner, reported that the family did not have insurance, and the home was ruled a total loss. The American Red Cross is providing support for the residents. WBTV contributed.