Working fire alarms and the actions of quick-thinking tenants averted a potentially larger fire Tuesday morning in a Montville home.

A family living at 1104 Halldale Road awoke to the sounds of an alarm shortly after 3 a.m. According to a daughter living in the home, "I thought it was my phone going off, but it was the fire alarms."

Her father and husband were able to put out a fire that had broken out on a sofa, with a blanket.

"My father got Mom up and tried to gather all the animals out," she said.

In the chaotic few moments while the living room filled with smoke before firefighters arrived, a prized bird was left behind in its cage in the living room, along with a cat that could not be accounted for, the daughter said.

Montville Fire Department Public Information Officer Karen York said Freedom and Montville fire departments, along with Liberty Ambulance, responded, with Morrill, Liberty and Searsmont departments on standby.

The mother suffered seizures in the ambulance and was rushed to Waldo County General Hospital, according to family members. After her release from the hospital, she told The Journal she "woke up with a woman on top of me at the hospital" doing chest compressions. She was released from the hospital by 9 a.m.

The sofa was removed by the fire department and there was little other damage to the house.

The state Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire.