Published: Mar 14, 2012 3:27 PM EDT

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- The Sheriff’s Office responded to a residential fire in the 18000 Block of Clanton Avenue in the Murdock area during the early morning hours of Wednesday, after the home owner was awakened by his dog.

The home owner was awakened by his dog barking around 2:20 a.m. When he heard popping sounds coming from the garage area, he opened the door to find smoke and flames in the garage.

Red Cross responded to the scene to deal with the family’s needs. Further inquiries should be directed to either Charlotte County Fire & EMS or the Fire Marshal’s Office.

Photos provided by CCSO LT Karl Steele.