SALEM, Ore. — Authorities say a Silverton man escaped his burning home after his dog alerted him to the flames.

The Statesman-Journal reports ( ) crews responded to a fire report Thursday morning northeast of Salem in Silverton.

The Silverton Fire District says crews arrived and saw fire shooting out of the home’s door and windows and that nearby trees were on fire.

Silverton fire officials said the home did not have working smoke alarms, but the owner’s dog roused him. The man and the dog were able to safely escape.

Officials say the home was a total loss.

Officials say the cause of the fire is under investigation but it appears accidental.

Information from: Statesman Journal,

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