Dog credited with saving residents from burning Aliquippa apartment building

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ALIQUIPPA, Pa. —

A fire at an Aliquippa apartment building forced evacuations and caused damage Thursday night.

The fire happened on Franklin Avenue at an old photography studio that was turned into an apartment building.

Six people lived inside the building.

One of the residents told Channel 11 that his dog, Peanut, started barking, and that’s how he knew to get out.

"She woke me up.  I opened my eyes.  The whole room was filled with smoke.  She got everybody up.  She saved the day," said John Drouin.

Peanut is a veteran service dog.  She usually alerts Drouin to seizures.

Ten fire departments battled the blaze. 

Buildings on both sides of the apartment building suffered water damage.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.