McArdle praised the woman for her quick thinking — calling for help and making sure the door was closed to prevent the flames and smoke from spreading.
If she had not been home, the house would have likely been destroyed, he said.
“If someone wasn’t there, we would be telling a different story,” McArdle said.
He said people need to take greater precautions when disposing hot ashes. Although the ashes were left in a metal bucket, the bucket should have been taken outside to prevent a fire from breaking out, he said.
This was the second serious fire caused by ashes in town since November, McArdle said. Ashes placed in a plastic bucket ignited a woodpile and heavily damaged a home on Old County Road, he said. The family escaped without injury.
Town assessment records show the Glendale Circle home is owned by Kyle Sawyer and is assessed at $170,100.