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Dog perishes but not after saving occupants' lives in fire

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Fire chief said dog refused to leave house 

OAK GROVE, Minn. -- Minnesota authorities say a dog died in a house fire after alerting the occupants that the home was being consumed by flames.

The fire happened just before 6:28 a.m. Monday in Oak Grove, about 30 miles north of Minneapolis.

Oak Grove Fire Chief Curt Hallermann says both people inside the home awoke and left the house after the dog alerted them to the fire.

"The dog woke them up and warned them, but unfortunately refused to exit and perished in the fire," Hallermann said. "That was sad."

KSTP-TV reports that Hallermann says the fire began in the garage and spread to the home.

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