Montana woman credits dog with saving her from house fire

Posted at 10:26 AM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 12:43:50-04

A Florence woman is crediting her dog for saving her life after a fire inside her home Sunday.

Beverley Schneider said she was cooking a steak on the grill when she went inside for a few minutes. That's when she believes there was a propane malfunction.

"When I looked out the window, I could see a flame going up the window by the kitchen and it exploded and it engulfed the house so fast it was unbelievable," Schneider told MTN News.

Multiple residents reported hearing a loud explosion and calling authorities while neighbors say they saw the home in flames.

Schneider, who lost her husband last November, said she struggles going down steps and moving because of her multiple sclerosis. She said thanks to an early alert from her dog, Maddie, she was able to get out alive.

"[I] went to see why she was barking. There wasn't anyone at the front door. I said, 'There is nobody here' and she just wouldn't stop," Schneider recalled. "She's the one that rousted me to get off the couch and see what was going on."

All of Schneider's pets made it out without harm.

Several fire agencies responded to the scene on Hidden Valley Road including Florence, Stevensville, Three Mile and the Missoula Rural Fire District.

The garage, deck and roof were damaged. The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.