Dogs credited for alerting family to burning SW MI home

Crews with the South Haven Area Emergency Services work to put out a house fire in South Haven Township on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (SHAES)

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — A South Haven Township man is crediting his dogs for helping his family safely escape a fire that heavily damaged their home.

Crews with the South Haven Area Emergency Services work to put out a house fire in South Haven Township on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (SHAES)

South Haven Area Emergency Services was called to the home on M-43 near 16th Avenue around 9:30 p.m. Monday.

When crews arrived, the garage and breezeway were engulfed in flames and the fire was spreading to the home.

The homeowner told SHAES he was alerted to the fire by his barking dogs, giving him enough time to save his car.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.