A Pembroke family are sure happy their smoke detectors were activated and working this weekend.

Fire Chief of Pembroke Fire Department, Dan Herback, says they got a call about a house fire in West-End Pembroke late on Sunday night.

He says the fire broke out beside Pembroke’s Kingburger Restaurant on Pembroke Street West. They got the call around 11:55 PM and were there till 6:30 this morning he says and adds that at its peak, 20 firefighters were on location.

Herback says that the homeowners, a family of four, were sleeping when their smoke detectors went off. “Luckily they had them on all stories and they were working and activated” he says and adds that they even had a fire extinguisher which they used before firefighters arrived.

Luckily, no one was injured but he says that the father of the family suffered from smoke inhalation after going back inside to retrieve a pet.

Though he says the damage was extensive, the cause of the fire still remains under investigation. He says investigators say the rear of the building suffered a lot of damage and that’s where they suspect it started. He says the fire is not considered to be suspicious.