Barking Dog Helps Family Escape House Fire In Lake Of Bays

Photo Credit: Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department

A family of four was awoken by the dog barking and the sound of the smoke alarm this morning, allowing them to safely escape a house fire.

The Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department from stations two, three and one got the call at around 7 a.m. Thursday morning on Highway 60 west of Limberlost Road. The family encountered smoke, but there were no injuries. The fire department said damage is pegged at $335,000.

This fire comes with another reminder from Mike Vadlja, fire prevention officer with the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department.

“I can’t stress enough the importance of having working smoke alarms,” Vadlja said. “This is a great example of how they work to give the early warning to safely escape. Could have been a lot different result without them.”

The origin of the fire, cause and circumstances are currently under investigation.


  1. Great job there HLBFD, smoke detectors work! The loss of life just weeks ago in Brampton, is unbelievable that families don’t take this more serious for what ever the reason! The assumption that “ it cant happen to me”, well it can, just remember that! Any fire is a tragedy, loss of home and family, I cant imagine! Safe day to all first responders and those on the front lines making it work! THANKS!


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