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Man Woken Up By Dog After Madison House Catches Fire

Man Woken Up By Dog After Madison House Catches Fire

CREATED Jun 4, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A dog's barking alerted a man that his home in Madison was on fire on Wednesday morning.

The fire broke out at the home in the 200 block of Elm Street just after 10:15 a.m. The man who lives at the home said his dog, Rosie, started barking and he woke up to smoke inside the home. He fled the home without any shoes on.

Nashville Firefighters responded and found heavy smoke and flames coming from the home. They quickly put out the blaze, and then worked to contain hot spots about an hour after it started.

It was believed to have started in a window AC unit and then spread inside the home. Fire investigators were called to the scene to determine the exact cause.

"This time of year a lot of these air conditioners are overloaded due to the heat. And you also need to check your electrical service inside the house to make sure it's capable of pulling the current that will be required by an air unit," said Nashville Fire Captain Jerry Tomlinson.

The estimate of damages was not immediately known, but the home was uninhabitable. The resident said he planned to stay with friends.