Dog alerts homeowner to fire
Consentino said Wayne Duquette, the owner of the home at 185 Alton Shores Road, emptied his wood stove ashes into a plastic bucket and placed the bucket on a wooden porch. During the night, the ashes rekindled, he said.
';They burned right through the bucket and caught the porch on fire,'; Consentino said.
The fire, which was reported shortly about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, quickly spread through the rest of the house, which was converted to a full-time residence from a summer camp, he said.
';The house is totaled,'; he said.
Consentino said Duquette';s smoke alarm did not work and that Duquette';s dog woke him up.
';The dog actually saved his life,'; he said.
There were no injuries, but Consentino said wood stove ashes should never be placed in a plastic bucket.
';Always use a metal pail when you empty them out, and take them to an area away from your home and do not place them on a wooden porch,'; he said. ';A small breeze can get those ashes burning again.';