Blaze razes home; Dogs sound alarm in burning house

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, April 5, 2014

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A Chico resident might have her dogs to thank for saving her life.

A fire was reported around 5:15 p.m. Thursday at 411 Mockingbird Street in Chico. The Chico Volunteer Fire Department responded and found a single-wide mobile home engulfed in flames and requested help from Sand Flat, Bridgeport and Decatur fire departments.

TEAM EFFORT – Bridgeport firefighters spray water on what remains of a Chico home after it was gutted by fire Thursday afternoon. Three departments assisted Chico with the blaze. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The home’s owner, Joyce Sanders, had made it out of the home, but she was taken to Wise Regional Health System due to smoke inhalation, according to Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard. Sanders was treated and released.

Beard said Sanders was sleeping in the home at the time the fire started, when her two dogs began barking and woke her up. Both dogs and a cat in the home were still unaccounted for Friday.

The home was a total loss.

Assistant Fire Marshal J.C. Travis investigated the fire scene and determined the cause to be electrical. The fire began in a wall plug.

In addition to her home, a car parked in the driveway next to the home was also destroyed by flames.

The home was not insured, Beard said. Red Cross was called to help Sanders and her son, who also lives in the home.

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