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INDIANAPOLIS--A house fire caused significant damage at a home on the south side of Indianapolis early this morning, but the woman inside the home may have died if it wasn’t for the dog alerting her to the fire.

The Indianapolis Fire Department says the four-year-old Chihuahua named Rosie woke up her owner, Tori Brandenburg, by barking until she saw the smoke coming from the ceiling in the living room.

The fire started at about 1 at a home on E. Elbert Street just off of Meridian.  Firefighters got the fire under control just after 1:30.

The damage is estimated to be around $180,000.

Tori Brandenburg was house sitting for her mother April Brandenburg.  

Investigators haven’t said what caused the fire, but they did say that none of the smoke alarms activated before Tori and Rosie got out of the home. 


(PHOTO: Indianapolis Fire Department)