Fire chief: Man saved from blaze by son’s cackling chickens

FILE-This Sept. 10, 2008 file photo, chickens huddle in their cages at an egg processing plant at the Dwight Bell Farm in Atwater, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez,File)

CREEKSIDE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania fire chief says some cackling chickens turned out to be cock-a-doodle-do-gooders.

Creekside Fire Chief Pete Yacovone says David Wells escaped from his burning Indiana County home at around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday after his son was awakened by his chickens. The chief says the chickens might have been startled by the fire.

The son lives across the street and quickly ran to his dad’s house to wake him up.

Yacovone says the chickens made “good smoke detectors.” He says if Wells’ son “hadn’t come and got him, we would’ve been fishing a body out of there.”

Wells lives in rural Washington Township, about 50 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

The chief says Wells’ house is still standing but not livable.

The fire was apparently caused by an electrical problem.

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