Pets Alert Family To Union County Home Explosion

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A Union County family is getting help from the American Red Cross after an explosion sparked a fire at their Plain City home.

The explosion happened around 4 a.m. Friday off Jerome Road near Wells Road.

Melissa Johnson described hearing a pop, followed by barking dogs.

"The dog was better than the smoke detector," said Johnson. "We looked out the kitchen window and we saw flames. We knew then we better get dressed and get out."

Jerome Township Fire Chief Scott Skeldon said the fire started on the back porch and quickly spread to the attic.

Johnson and her husband slept on the first floor.

The couple's teenage daughter slept upstairs. Worry turned to fear when the pair could not immediately reach the teen.

"We couldn't get her awake, which scared us obviously," said Johnson. "We knew just to grab what we could and out the door. He (husband) has no socks on. She (daughter) doesn't even have shoes on. (We) just out the door with the dogs, got them to safety."

The Johnsons escaped with their four dogs before firefighters arrived at the home.

Seven fire agencies responded from Jerome Township, Concord Township, Washington Township, Allen Township, Scioto Township and Marysville.    

Fire investigators have not officially determined what caused the explosion.

Still, Johnson said her barking dogs made the biggest difference.

"Oh my God, they have already gotten treats. The firefighters brought out the milk bones for them," said Johnson. "They'll definitely have a good home for the rest of their lives, no doubt."

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