SAN JOSE — Four dogs woke a sleeping man who escaped with his life as flames roared through a South Bay fourplex.

The man ran downstairs with three dogs on his heels, but one of the dogs made a wrong turn into a bedroom and died of smoke inhalation.

The San Jose Mercury News ( ) says firefighters arrived Thursday night to find a bedroom fully involved in flames and heavy smoke on the second floor.

The fire was quickly extinguished and the dead dog was found on the second floor.

Investigators say the fire appears to be accidental.


Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News,

Groundwater: What you need to know

For information on the Sonoma County’s Sustainable Groundwater Management program, click here.

For a Department of Water Resources tool that will show if your property is in a groundwater basin, click here.

Groundwater basins are California’s largest reservoirs, more than 10 times the size of all surface reservoirs combined.

Groundwater provides about 38 percent of the state’s total annual water supply, and up to 60 percent in dry years.

Sonoma County draws more than 70 percent of its water from wells to meet demand for 260 million gallons a day.

More than 80 percent of Californians rely, in part, on groundwater for their drinking water.

Groundwater and surface water are interconnected, and groundwater pumping draws water from rivers and streams.