GARRARD COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A fire destroyed a storage building on Rice Road in Garrard County around 2:00 a.m. Monday morning.
The homeowners, who were sound asleep, were alerted to the fire by a neighbor. Dolores Hatfield, whose dog, Callie, was the first to see the flames, gave her neighbors a call after discovering the fire. She's being credited with getting Alma Perez's family out of their house.
Hatfield says she woke up to Callie making noise and called the fire department.
"She was barking. The bark she had, I knew there was something or somebody or something out here. So yeah, it was a fire," Hatfield said.
Flames did not reach the home next to the storage unit, but several personal items, including two vehicles and lawn mowers, were lost in the fire. The couple and their three children were also unharmed, but unfortunately, the chickens they were raising in the building were not spared.
Though the cause of the fire is yet to be determined, firefighters say it was likely an electrical fire within the building. The family says they are waiting on their insurance company to take a look at the damage before they start cleaning up.