NIXA, Mo. -

A heat lamp in a dog house started a house fire early Thursday.

The 911 call came into the Nixa Fire Protection District just after 12:30 a.m. from the 1800 block of South Brooke Court. Flames were shooting through the roof of the house when the first unit arrived on the scene.

The family of three was able to escape.  They are staying with friends.

Four other departments helped to fight the fire.  The house was destroyed.