ELIDA — A dog’s consistent barking and pacing alerted her owner to a fire at a house located at 2125 Buttercup Drive in Laurel Oaks. A mother and her three children escaped the house unharmed.
The American Township Fire Department received the call at 4:25 a.m. Monday and was on the scene for about 2.5 hours. One engine with four firefighters from Shawnee Township was called in for mutual aid.
According to American Township Chief Tom Hadding, the fire began in a room above the garage. The Fire Department contained the fire to the garage and laundry room. The house is owned by Shawn M. and Shalyn K. Dotson, and is valued at $186,300, according to the Allen County Auditor’s website.
Hadding said the dog’s barking woke the mother, who at first thought there was an intruder in the house. Once she reached the kitchen, she smelled smoke and realized it was a fire.
Shalyn Dotson and her children, Trent, 12, Bryce, 8 and Marah, 5, were able to escape the fire, thanks in part to the barking of Nellie, a 2-year-old miniature goldendoodle. The family’s other dog, Dexter, a 3-year-old miniature goldendoodle, was growling.
“Nellie was barking and pacing, and Dexter was on the foot of the bed just growling. We call her ‘Super Stupid Nellie,’” Shalyn Dotson said. “She’s just normally so ornery. Not anymore!”
“She called me at work with all this stuff. I wouldn’t get home normally until 5:30 or 6 a.m.,” Shawn Dotson said.
Shalyn Dotson asked her husband if he had come home from work early and was in the garage.
“When I walked into the kitchen, I could smell hot and when I got to the door to the garage, you…
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