Dog's barking helps couple escape from house fire

Fire likely sparked by propane tank

ELLETTSVILLE, Ind. - A southern Indiana couple said their dog helped them escape unharmed from a house fire that was apparently sparked by a back yard grill.

The couple said their 7-year-old labradoodle, Macy, began barking Sunday just before they heard a loud roar. They fled their rented home in Ellettsville with the dog.

The home's owner, Lou Shelton, said the dog may have smelled gas leaking from a propane tank on the grill, the Herald-Times reported.

Ellettsville Fire Chief Jim Davis said the fire that destroyed the home about 45 miles southwest of Indianapolis appears to have started at a propane cylinder and barbecue grill behind the home.

Davis said the residents had recently used the grill and were storing another propane cylinder in a nearby shed.

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