Family of 5, dog escape house fire through second-story window, officials say

Family of 5, dog escape house fire through second-story window, officials say

A family of five and their dog escaped an early morning fire through a second-story window into their garage, according to a release from the Madison Fire Department.

Firefighters were called around 4:50 a.m. to the 2600 block of Frazier Avenue after a family awoke to their smoke alarm going off, officials said. The family gathered their dog and called 911 as they escaped.

The father lowered himself down from the roof, leveraging himself against a nearby tree and onto the garbage and recycling bins, according to the release. As he stood on top of the bins, his wife helped the children and dog into his arms one by one, and he assisted each of them down to the driveway.

The woman also got out safely while they waited for emergency crews to arrive, officials said.

The home was filled with smoke when crews arrived, according to the release. Crews found a broken water line in the basement, which kept the fire in the basement and first floor.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, officials said. Damage is not yet known, but the family is currently displaced from their home.

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