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UPDATED: Fire on Country Club Drive Early this Morning

A fire on Country Club Drive was reported in the early hours of Tuesday morning. It destroyed a carriage house that is part of the home at 1504 Country Club Drive.

Update, 10:55 a.m.:

Neighbors, the Barnes family, credit their black poodle Eva with saving their house. They say, the fire could have easily spread to their home if the dog hadn't alerted them to the blaze.

Carolyn Barnes said Eva began barking around 4:30 a.m., alerting Carolyn's husband to the fire next door, and he called it in to the County Fire Department.

Then, he started hosing the roof down until firefighters arrived at the scene.

Barnes said her husband saw flames shooting up over the roof of the carriage house. The fire was already going strong.

A row of three juniper trees, approximately 50 feet tall, stand along the back of the carriage house. One of the trees - which stands less than 25 feet away from the Barnes' home next door - was lit up like a torch.

"Our whole yard was lit up bright as day - except it was red," said Barnes.

Thanks to Eva the dog, the fire was put out before it could spread to the Barnes' home next door.

"She saved our house!" Barnes said.

- L.A. Chung reporting from the scene

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Update, 10:03 a.m.: A fire that broke out around 4:30 a.m. this morning has destroyed a carriage house that is part of the home at 1504 Country Club Drive.

The home, built in 1929, was just purchased by its current owners a few months ago.

Patch spoke with neighbor Carolyn Barnes.

She said the home is known as The Castle "for its beauty and grandeur."

Santa Clara County firefighters were still on the scene as of 9:30 a.m. this morning. Hoses could be seen stretched across the roadway on Country Club Drive.

- L.A. Chung reporting from the scene

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A fire was reported at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at 1504 Country Club Drive, a fire dispatcher said.

Santa Clara County firefighters were on the scene shortly after.

Patch will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

- Bay City News Service

Claudia Cruz April 03, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Thank goodness no one was home! Even though it's an unattached garage, it must be so scary to be so close to a fire!
L.A. Chung April 04, 2012 at 01:37 AM
The garage is a 2,000-square-foot carriage house with living quarters. Neighbors said it was difficult for the firefighters to break the windows to get in. Built in 1929, the walls are very thick and it is solidly built. They don't make them this way anymore.
Smith April 04, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Eva the poodle has a husband? The first portion of the story is so poorly written as to be incoherent.

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