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Smoke detector, high ceiling save dogs, Whiskey Point Road abode Thursday

Mill Bay firefighters say a smoke alarm sparked fast action that helped save two dogs during Thursday
Mill Bay firefighters say a smoke alarm sparked fast action that helped save two dogs during Thursday's home fire on Whiskey Point Road.
— image credit: Courtesy Mill Bay Fire Hall

Two dogs had their day as a hard-wired smoke alarm, and a high ceiling helped save their Whiskey Point Road abode from serious damage Thursday, Mill Bay's fire chief says.

Ron Beck said Saturday the two dogs were uninjured in the blaze that started while the owners weren't home at 2804 Whiskey Point Road.

"The smoke detector attached by Price's saved this house," he said.

The gear automatically alerted Price's staff. They called Nanaimo firecom, who in turn called Mill Bay's volunteer hall.

"I was first on scene. I looked around then saw smoke and flame coming from the living-room couch area."

Firefighters' fast action snuffed burn that left lots of smoke damage on the upper floor, plus some water damage below, Beck explained.

He also credited the two-storey, insured home's cathedral ceiling that "didn't allow much heat build up."

The fire's exact cause was still under investigation.

Meanwhile, Beck was glad the two canines were not injured.

"One dog had enough sense to go into the master bedroom and hide. The other one greeted us outside."

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