A Madison hilltop resident and her dog escaped injury shortly before daylight Wednesday when they were forced to evacuate their home due to a garage fire in the 1700 block of Orchard Street.

A neighbor said he was awakened by his own dog barking at about 5:20 a.m. and when he looked outside flames were shooting out of the garage of the home. By the time he called 911, firefighters were already on their way and the home owner, listed as Jane Thacker, escaped with her dog without injury.

Firefighters arrived soon after and brought the blaze under control in about 20 minutes. Madison Fire Chief Bill Devries said the fire was reported as a vehicle fire in an attached garage an first arriving units reported a working structure fire in the garage area. The main fire damage was contained to the garage area.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Madison Fire Department.