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Dog’s warning credited with saving Eagan woman from house fire
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EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Woman’s best friend? A dog who saves her from a fire.
Cathy Minnig was exercising on her basement treadmill Wednesday night, wearing music headphones, when her Labrador puppy, Riley, began jumping on and off the couch and otherwise acting strange.
Fire Chief Mike Scott said Minnig took off her headphones to hear fire alarms. She ran upstairs to find her living room engulfed in flames. Minnig grabbed the dog and ran outside, Scott said.
Both woman and dog were OK. Minnig’s two sons weren’t home at the time.
Scott said Minnig wouldn’t have made it out in time without the dog’s warning. The house was a total loss. He said the fire appeared to have started near the family Christmas tree.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com