Neighbours and passersby likely stopped a fire from spreading at a house in Yarmouth County.
They also saved a family pet.
A call came in just before 10 last night of a fire at a single-family home in Pinkney's Point.
Yarmouth Fire Department Platoon Chief Hank Nickerson says some folks were outside of the house when firefighters first arrived.
"Someone entered the home and got the dog out. The front window was broken, they applied water (from a garden hose) to the area and had the fire pretty well knocked out when we got there."
Nickerson says no one was at home at the time.
He says heat and water damage was contained mainly to a living room.
Nickerson says there wasn't much structural damage.
The cause hasn't been determined and an investigation will be conducted by the RCMP and the Office of the Nova Scotia Fire Marshal.
Fire departments from Wedgeport, Eel Brook and Lake Vaughn also responded.