Puppy alerts family after bottles filled with gas are set on fire outside W-S home

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A family is hailing their puppy as a hero after her barks alerted them to flames right outside their door early Wednesday morning in Winston-Salem.

The family told police they woke up to a fire on the porch outside their home on Harrison Avenue around 2:30 a.m. The mother said it appeared beer bottles had been filled with gas and set on fire.

The mother said she poured water on the bottles to put out the flames.

Her sons, ages 11 and 15, were also home at the time.

The family says if their new 6-month-old puppy had not started barking, they may have never woken up.

The police are investigating the fire as arson.

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