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ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Firefighters said a smoke alarm likely saved lives Wednesday morning.
An early morning fire destroyed one half of a duplex in the 1600 block of Eddy Street in Roseburg. The second unit suffered smoke damage.
A man in the east side of the duplex said a smoke alarm woke him up at about 3:45 a.m., and he found flames in his kitchen area.
The man called 911 and firefighters arrived a few minutes later. By the time they arrived, they said the rear portion of the unit was fully involved.
The man was not hurt, but the man's dog died in the fire.
Two adults and two children living in the second unit were able to get out safely. Their side of the duplex suffered only smoke damage.
Firefighters said two vehicles were destroyed and another had minor damage. They said surrounding homes also suffered minor damage.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Roseburg Fire Department said the incident is a great reminder that it is important to have working smoke alarms and to test them each month.
Fire officials said smoke alarms ten years old should be replaced. Half of home fire deaths happened in homes without a working smoke alarm. They also suggest a smoke alarm on every level of your home, outside sleeping areas and in each bedroom.
Fire officials said it is also important for your family to have an escape plan. They said you should have a plan and practice it together. They stress having two ways out of every room and having a safe meeting place outside the home.
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