LIMA — Man’s best friend, indeed.
Fire caused extensive damage to a Lima residential dwelling Wednesday evening, but the occupant of that home escaped safely after his dog awakened him.
Lima firefighters were dispatched at 9:37 p.m. to 544 E. Second St. in response to a 911 call reporting a house fire. Upon their arrival, firemen found heavy smoke and flames coming from the front of the home, according to a spokesman for the department.
The occupant of the home, Gary Michael, told investigators he was sleeping but his dog awakened him when the fire began. Michael immediately left the home, and a neighbor reported the fire. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
Damage to the home was estimated at $18,000, and there was an estimated $5,000 loss to the contents of the residence.
The home is owned by Deborah Savage, according to the fire department spokesman.