Barking dog saves boys

TWO teenagers had a lucky escape when a dog saved them from a burning home.

Firefighters from Elland and Brighouse were called to the address off Huddersfield Road, Elland, at 8.30am.

The two youths, one of whom was a schoolfriend sleeping over, were asleep upstairs when the fire started in the house’s extension.

They were the only people in as the father had left to take his youngest child to school.

Smoke alarms were fitted but the batteries had been removed, said firefighters, so it was only the barking of the family pet that woke the teenagers from their beds.

They managed to run downstairs through the smoke and get outside without any major inju-ries but there was no sign of the dog.

Firefighters arrived and two of them used breathing apparatus to enter the building and tackle the fire.

The dog was found upstairs still breathing but motionless. It was brought outside and given oxygen treatment and it began to recover.

The teenagers were taken to Calderdale Royal Infirmary as a precaution.

Fire officials are still investigating what caused the blaze.

Elland fire station watch commander Stephen Bates said: “If the dog hadn’t woken them up it could have been fatal.

“We want to remind everyone to check your fire alarms to make sure they are working and have batteries in them.

“If anyone has any doubts or queries you can contact your local fire station who will be happy to help,”