JACKSON, Mich. (AP) -- A Lower Michigan family says two pit bulls alerted them about a house fire and credits the animals with allowing them to escape the blaze.
Laura Gingras tells the Jackson Citizen Patriot that she was giving her 9-month-old daughter Raigan a bath upstairs about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday when Tia and Trixie, the family's two dogs, began barking.
The unusual barking caused Laura to notice smoke, run out the house and call 911. No injuries were reported.
Five-year-old Tia is expected to recover after being pulled barely breathing from the house. Three-year-old Trixie was found hiding and unhurt.
Capt. Jason Senft says the fire appears to be accidental. An investigation is ongoing.
Chad Gingras, Laura's husband, was working when the fire broke out, but says: "Thank God we had those dogs."