A family dog is being called a lifesaver after helping a mother and her two children escape a burning home in Plainfield.
The fire broke out before midnight Thursday night in the 16000 block of South River Road.
The mom told firefighters she was sleeping downstairs at the time.
Deputy Fire Chief Jon K. Stratton said she was sleeping just outside where the fire actually started.
She told firefighters the family dog named Peyton woke up the kids to get them out of the house before flames spread.
Chief Stratton said her son woke her up and they were able to escape, along with Peyton.
The cause of the fire remains unknown.
Chief Stratton said the fire caused between $350,000 and $400,000 in damage.