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Dogs save family from mobile home fire

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)-  Three dogs became lifesavers during a house fire in Coopersville Thursday morning.

A loud barking Dachshund mix and two Chihuahua's alerted their owners of a fire at the home on the 300 block of Blue Oak Drive.  Banda Andrews and her husband took their 11-month-old girl and ran out of the house. 

Investigators say the fire, which started on the porch, destroyed the house and even damaged a neighboring home. Andrews says without her dogs, she wouldn't have known there was a fire.

"We've always had emotional connections with our dogs. They know when we don't feel good they know when something isn't right. I'm positive they can feel the appreciation because we all owe our lives to them," says Andrews.

One firefighter suffered from dehydration. The cause of the fire is still being investigated but fire officials believe it may have been sparked by a cigarette butt. 

The family is staying at a local hotel and says they're making sure the dogs get some extra treats.