Updated: April 1, 2013 11:16AM
ELLETTSVILLE, Ind. — A southern Indiana couple says their dog helped them escape unharmed from a house fire that was apparently sparked by a backyard grill.
The couple says their 7-year-old labradoodle, Macy, began barking Sunday afternoon just before they heard a loud roar. They fled their rented home in Ellettsville with the canine.
The home’s owner, Lou Shelton, said the dog may have smelled gas leaking from a propane tank on the grill.
Ellettsville Fire Chief Jim Davis says the fire that destroyed the home about 45 miles southwest of Indianapolis appears to have started at a propane cylinder and barbecue grill behind the home. He says the residents had recently used the grill and were storing another propane cylinder in a nearby shed.