DOGS raised the alarm when an electrical fault caused a storage heater fire in the lounge of a 13th-floor flat in north Solihull early on Christmas Day. A neighbour called the fire service after being alerted by barking.
There was no-one in the Bangor House flat, off Forth Drive, Bacon’s End, near Chelmsley Wood.
Four firecrews – from Sheldon, Ward End and Bickenhill – were called out at 1.22am. But they were hampered because vandals had opened a riser outlet valve on the second floor, resulting in flooding on the second, ground and first floors.
A neighbour looked after the dogs, apparently none the worse for their experience, until their owners returned.