A neighbor's pet helped save a family from fire. Stony Hill and Bethel firefighters responded to a reported deck fire on Putnam Park Road early yesterday morning. The family was inside sleeping and unaware. Police evacuated the home while firefighters worked to extinguish the flames. The blaze did not extend into the home, only damaging the deck. Stony Hill Fire officials say the situation could have been drastically worse if it weren’t for a neighboring dog who barked to awake his owner and essentially alerted him to the fire next door. There were no injuries and the family returned to their residence once units cleared the scene. The cause is under investigation by the Bethel Fire Marshal office.