ADAMS — The family dog alerted occupants of a home on Apremont Street to a fire in the attic Monday, giving them plenty of time to evacuate unharmed.
It was the second time the Pekingese dog, named Levi, had alerted the family to a fire. According to homeowner Karen Freitag, when Levi smelled the smoke he started "running around like crazy and barking." Her husband, Joe, and 22-year-old son were home at the time. Alerted by the dog, "we smelled the smoke and we got right out," said Joe Freitag.
According to Adams Fire Chief Paul Goyette, Adams and North Adams fire departments responded with four engines, and the Cheshire Fire Department responded to another call in town and covered the fire station. The Freitags will stay with family until the house is once again habitable.
The neighbors called the fire in at about 1:30 p.m., Karen Freitag said. The last fire occurred in 2009, she noted. Levi also escaped unharmed, and the family is planning to show their gratitude to the fire-sniffing canine. "He's got a steak dinner in his very near future," she said.