Off-Duty Dispatcher Spots Garage Fire, Saves Family

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A family of four was able to escape an early morning fire after a passerby saw the flames and rushed to help.

The two-alarm fire started in the garage of a home in southeast Castle Rock just after midnight Thursday. An off-duty law enforcement dispatcher saw the garage engulfed in flames and raced to wake up the family. A mother, father and their two children--plus a family dog--were able to make it out of the house unharmed.

The garage was completely destroyed, left a charred skeleton by the fire. But firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to the garage, preserving the rest of the house. The fire was under control 15 minutes after firefighters' arrival.

At this time, there is no word on what caused the fire.