GALION — A pet bird may have saved the life of a Market Street man in Galion over the weekend.
A house fire early Saturday claimed the lives of a dog and several cats.
But the squawking of a bird alerted the lone occupant of the house, according to information James Wiesner provided to first responders.
“That’s what he stated to us. That the bird woke him up,” Galion Fire Department Lt. Jeff Pennington said.
Pennington said the bird survived the blaze.
“It’s interesting with the other animals in the house that the bird would be the one,” Pennington said.
Wiesner was unavailable for comment.
Firefighters got the call at 3 a.m. and found the two-story house at 385 N. Market St. fully engulfed in flames. The house was a total loss. The cause is under investigation.
The house had no battery-operated smoke detectors.
Firefighters were on the scene until about 8 a.m. Bucyrus, Crestline, Galion and Whetstone fire departments helped and the American Red Cross is assisting the resident.
The blaze remains under investigation.