Dogs alert family of large fire that erupted in Prescott home Sunday

PRESCOTT, AZ - Prescott firefighters are spending Sunday afternoon putting out hot spots from a large house fire that erupted before 11 a.m.

Multiple 911 calls came in to Prescott Fire Department and thick black smoke could be seen coming from the 2,200 square foot home that had caught fire near the 2100 block of Mark Avenue.

According to Prescott Fire paramedic and firefighter Jeff Jones, three people were inside the home at the time the fire started, including one who was asleep.

The family's two dogs alerted them that something was wrong, Jones says.

By the time they realized there was a fire, flames had spread to the attic and when fire crews arrived, they went on the defensive to fight the fire. 

The fire, which engulfed about half of the structure, was put about about 20 minutes later. It reportedly caused about $250,000 damage to the $300,000 home.

According to Jones, the two dogs that alerted the family could not be located inside the home.

It is unknown what caused the fire at this time.

Prescott Fire Department's Trauma and Prevention Program is assisting the family with shelter, food and necessities.

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