- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A family of seven who was sleeping when a fire consumed their Southern California home says they escaped unscathed thanks to their barking dog.

Vera Mendez says Foxy, her 2-year-old mixed breed dog, began barking “like crazy” shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Mendez’s son woke up, and he rushed to wake up the rest of the family as flames tore through three rooms of the home in Santa Ana.

Mendez tells City News Service that three generations of the family - six adults and a 9-year-old boy - got out of the burning house safely because of Foxy.

Nearly 50 firefighters knocked down the fire in about a half-hour but were not able to save the house. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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