Man loses home, two dogs, in fire

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Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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A fire destroyed a home and killed two dogs early this morning in south Wise County.┬áThe fire was first reported shortly after 2 a.m. at a home located on County Road 3791 near the intersection of CR 3690. By the time firefighters arrived more than half the home was in flames and other nearby structures were threatened. The volunteers contained the fire to the home, but it was a total loss. Within an hour nothing was left but smoldering remains and thick clouds of smoke billowing into the cold, night sky, under a low-hanging pale moon. Tommy Alley, 46, lived at the home with his two dogs, Cooee and Sheba. Alley was not home when the fire started. He thinks a candle he left burning might have started the fire, but the exact cause is unknown at this time. “Those dogs were like his family,” said Marti Wise, who lives at a nearby home on the property. “My stomach is still churning thinking about those dogs being in there.” Volunteer firefighters from the departments of Cottondale, Paradise, Salt Creek and Springtown and Wise County Medics all responded. “He lost everything,” said his brother Donny Alley. “All he’s got left are the clothes on his back.”


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