Smoke alarm helps woman get dogs out of burning house on Saginaw St.

A smoke alarm is being credited for waking a sleeping young woman in Alpena, who was then able to get her dogs out of the house before she called 911 to report a fire Monday morning.

It took city firefighters only about one minute to arrive at the home in the 400 block of Saginaw Street. They were told there could possibly be persons trapped inside.

Firefighters were greeted by smoke in an upstairs room and searched the house for occupants but found no one. The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported.

Flames were contained to one room. The cause of the fire remains under investigation but appears to have been accidental in nature.

Community Risk Reduction Captain Andy Marceau applauded the homeowner for having working smoke alarms inside the house, which possibly saved the life of the young woman and her dogs. “It just shows how important a working smoke alarm is!” Marceau added.

Fire Chief Bill Forbush said city police were first on the scene and were “extremely helpful working with firefighters on water supply and scene control.”