CITRUS HEIGHTS (CBS13) – A persistent pug deserves an extra helping of doggy treats after he alerted his owners to a fire at their home.

Firefighters were called out to a fire at a home in the 7600 block of Woodchuck Way in Citrus Heights at 11:12 p.m. Sunday. A Sacramento Metro Fire spokesperson says when crews arrived at the single-story structure, heavy smoke was billowing from inside and one of the occupants was missing. Firefighters found the occupant in a back room of the home gathering possessions and got them out safely.

Citrus Heights home damaged by fire (credit: CBS13)

Citrus Heights home damaged by fire (credit: CBS13)

Crews put out the fire before it spread to the rest of the home.

The two residents of the home say they were awoken by their 3-year-old pug. Moments later the smoke alarm sounded.

Fire investigators determined the fire was caused by discarded cigarette butts in a patio planter. Damage is estimated at $75,000.

No one was injured in the fire.


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