Three northeast Iowa adults and two children are safe after their dog alerted the family of a fire.
“The dog was going crazy and I ran downstairs and got everyone out. There was a fire in the living room,” says Krista Kipper.
The fire damaged a Waterloo duplex around 5:00 Tuesday morning. The people got out safely but the dog, Baby, was still inside.
Fire crews were able to get Baby out safely but the family cat didn’t survive.
Officials say there were smoke detectors in the home but they weren’t working.
“Everybody realizes that the smoke is what gets people it’s not the fire. The fire was confined to the living room but heavy smoke throughout that they were very fortunate,” days battalion chief Marty Freshwater.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The Red Cross is helping the family find a place to stay.