A man's dogs saved his life Thursday night by alerting him that his house was on fire, but one of the dogs couldn't make it out in time, a San Jose fire captain said.
The fire at a townhouse in 1575 Ivy Creek Circle was reported at 8:40 p.m., Capt. Mike Van Elgort said.
It started in an upstairs bedroom in the townhouse in a four-townhouse building. There was heavy fire in the bedroom and the man's dogs barked loudly to wake him up.
He managed to escape with three of the dogs, but one dog ran back into the bedroom and was overcome by smoke and killed.
The dogs "basically saved his life," Van Elgort said.
Firefighters arrived at 8:48 p.m. and a second alarm was called at 8:54 p.m. At 8:48 p.m., it was knocked down.
Two other adults were displaced in addition to the man that escaped, and the upstairs sustained moderate to heavy damage. But firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to the shared attic space of the other three units.
"There would have been much more damage if we weren't able to get water on the fire in such a timely fashion," Van Elgort said.