Dalmatian alerts owner to house fire

The 10-year-old canine began barking when the owner's garage began to fill with brown smoke

By Rowena Coetsee
The East Bay Times

NEWARK, Calif. — A breed of dog that historically has been a mascot of fire houses saved the day Thursday afternoon when it alerted its owner to a house fire here.

Bella, a 10-year-old Dalmatian, sounded the alarm -- figuratively speaking -- when the washing machine in a home in the 37000 block of Starflower Street caught fire, filling the garage with brown smoke.

The homeowner called 911 and firefighters responded at 4:51 p.m., quickly putting out the fire, which was contained to the garage.

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