Fire broke out in the home of Justin Schmidt just before 7 a.m. last Tuesday. Schmidt was not home at the time, but his fiancé, Brianna Bushman, was alerted to the fire by the family's dog, Buddy.

Bushman was able to escape the fire, but sadly their heroic dog was too frightened to leave the home.

The Spring Valley and Wykoff fire departments responded to the residence, but the home, which the couple had just purchased this summer, was a complete loss.

The couple is currently living with family, but they are determined to rebuild their home in the near future.

Though the fire was initially believed to have begun in the utility room, investigators are determining if it was actually caused by an electrical issue in the bedroom.