A family dog is being hailed a hero after it alerted residents of a house fire in Beechwood.
According to authorities, just before 2 a.m. the Beachwood and Pine Beach Fire Departments responded to the report of a structure fire on Harpoon Street.
Upon arrival, they found heavy fire on the second floor of the home.
Officials say the fire was extinguished in approximately 20 minutes and there were no reported injuries.
According to authorities, the resident's dog alerted them to the fire, waking them prior to the home's smoke detector activating.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Ocean County Fire Marshal's Office.
Photo: Beachwood Fire Department