NEW INFO: Pets Alert Owner to Shawano County House Fire

By: WSAW Staff
By: WSAW Staff

A Shawano County woman is alive after her dogs alerted her to a house fire.

The house on Cherry Road in the Town of Hutchens, which is east of Birnamwood, is being declared a total loss. The homeowner and her four small dogs were able to escape without injury. The fire was first reported around 8 pm Thursday but it took several hours to contain the blaze.

According to Chief Randy Berger of the Birnamwood Fire Department, the homeowner called 911 when she heard her dogs barking and went to investigate.

"She'd seen some smoke and some flames on the northwest corner of their house," said Chief Berger. "By the time we got here, there was flames coming out the window on one side of the house."

Crews were on scene throughout the night clearing debris around the home. The fire remains under investigation but Chief Berger believes an electrical spark caused the blaze.

ORIGINALLY POSTED: 1/24/13 11:15 a.m.

Fire crews are on the scene of a house fire in Shawano County.

A dispatcher at the Shawano County Sheriff's Dept. tells NewsChannel 7 that crews responded to the fire on Cherry Rd. near the intersection of Maple in the Town of Hutchens, just northeast of Wittenberg.

Unconfirmed reports say there are multiple agencies on the scene Including the Red Cross.

A dispatcher tells us everyone was able to get out of the house.

We have a crew at the scene and we'll bring you more details as they become available to us.

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