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A 2-year-old dog named "Foxy" was called a hero after waking up a Santa Ana family as their home became engulfed in flames early Wednesday, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

Vera Mendez cradles her dog Foxy, who was credited with saving Mendez's family from a fire in Santa Ana on Jan. 21, 2015. (Credit: OnScene TV)

Vera Mendez cradles her dog Foxy, who was credited with saving Mendez's family from a fire in Santa Ana on Jan. 21, 2015. (Credit: OnScene TV)

The single-story home in the 1200 block of South Garnsey Street (map) was well involved in flames when firefighters responded around 1:40 a.m., according to an OFCA tweet.

Fire crews were able to gain control over the blaze at around 2:15 a.m., but by then the structure was deemed a total loss, according to the Fire Authority.

Seven adults and a child were inside the residence at the time, but all made it out thanks to Foxy, who woke them up and alerted the family to the fire.

"She is the hero," OFCA tweeted.

Outside the home, as firefighters continued to work before dawn, resident Vera Mendez cradled Foxy, who kissed her cheeks.

“She started barking and barking, and woke up one of my sons, and he actually woke everybody else,” Mendez said. “By the time we got up, the whole house was full of black smoke and you could see the fire. I was really scared.”

Mendez said she had lost a grandmother and uncle in a fire, which made her particularly frightened. The whole family escaped without harm, she said.

She credited the little dog's barking with saving the family. No one heard smoke alarms inside the home, she said.

"If it hadn’t have been because of her, I don’t know what would have happened," Mendez said.

The American Red Cross was assisting the eight displaced residents, according to fire officials.

The blaze caused roughly $200,000 in damages to the structure and an additional $100,000 to the family's possessions.

It was not immediately known how the fire started.

KTLA's Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.