Wolf-hybrid credited with saving Fairbanks family in house fire

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Rottweiler-wolf hybrid is credited with saving a family of five when a fire broke out in their Fairbanks home over the weekend.

The family dog, whose name was not available, woke Patricia Wilson about 12:30 a.m. Saturday by whining, barking and licking her, according to Deputy Fire Marshal Ernie Misewicz.

Wilson saw a glow at her bedroom door. Checking it out, she found the fire in the laundry room, Misewicz said. She then woke her husband, Steve Wilson, and the couple and their three children escaped. No one was hurt.

Misewicz said the smoke detector didn't go off because it was too near the fire.

The extensive smoke damage has made the house unlivable. Misewicz estimated damages at $30,000.

The Wilsons, a military family, were living in Fort Wainwright housing off-base. They were relocated to other military housing shortly after the fire, Misewicz said.

Misewicz said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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