Two dogs were credited with saving a family from a fire that gutted a home in Van Nuys Monday.
They woke up the residents at 6280 Van Noord Avenue when the fire broke out around 1 a.m, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
Heavy fire on the front porch, possibly caused by smoking, spread to the one-story single-family residence. There were no smoke detectors in the home, but the animals alerted the homeowner to the blaze.
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Three people evacuated the home, though one man suffered minor burns to his hand. He refused transport to a hospital for treatment, fire officials said.
"Had the dogs not acted, this could have been a fatal blaze,'' LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey said.
He added the occupants "would have been much better off to place their trust in a smoke alarm.''
It took 25 firefighters 21 minutes to put out the blaze. It caused an estimated $120,000 worth of damage to the property, $80,000 in damage to the structure and $40,000 to the contents.
City News Service contributed to this report