WEST ORANGE, NJ — Thanks to the actions of the family dog, two Nance Road residents were able to escape their two-story home during a fire Wednesday morning.

According to West Orange police and township spokesman Joe Fagan, the West Orange Fire Department was dispatched at around 11 a.m. to the fire in the residence. There was heavy fire in the rear of the occupied wood-frame dwelling, but crews were able to bring the blaze under control in approximately 20 minutes.

While there were no reported injuries to any emergency responders, one of the home's two residents was evaluated on scene for possible smoke inhalation, but that person refused further medical treatment.

During the investigation, which is still ongoing, it was discovered that the family dog had alerted the residents to the fire, allowing them to flee the house safely.