Dogs sound alarm as firefighter called to blaze at own home - WSMV Channel 4

Dogs sound alarm as firefighter called to blaze at own home

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COLUMBIA, TN (WSMV) -

A Columbia firefighter was called to his own burning home, but it was the family pets that really come to the rescue.

The house, the Christmas tree and all the gifts are gone, but firefighter Josh Wall and his family say they have plenty to be thankful for - they have each other.

Wall was working at Columbia Fire Station No. 1, and his family was home asleep, when just after midnight Friday morning the family dogs - Wally and Clyde - began barking from inside their crates.

Maeghan Wall admits to being a little annoyed when it seemed they needed to go out at midnight.

"I let the dogs out of their crate and walked to the end of the house. I did not know it was on fire until I looked out the window and saw just an orange glow, really," Maeghan Wall said.

It turns out the dogs were trying to sound the alarm that the carport was on fire and the entire back side of the house was going up in flames as everyone slept inside.

At first, the call went out that the neighbor's house was on fire, but still it was too close for comfort as Josh Wall and other Columbia firefighters pulled up to the scene.

As he approached, the firefighter saw it was his house that was burning.

"It's something you don't want to do being a firefighter. You don't want to respond to a wreck where a friend is involved or, of course, a fire also," Josh Wall said.

Maeghan Wall and their three young children managed to escape in time, and much of the credit is going to the "annoying" but loving dogs.

"They stayed right with us. They didn't leave, the kids or I," Maeghan Wall said.

Family members and friends gathered outside the charred remains of the Wall house Friday. Pretty much everything they owned has been destroyed. Yet, the tears that were shed were tears of joy.

"Everything here is stuff. My wife and kids got out and dogs got out. We can replace everything else," Josh Wall said.

Investigators are not yet sure of what caused the fire. There is speculation that it started with a car underneath the carport and garage.

The Wall family is receiving shelter and care from family and friends.

Fortunately, they have insurance, but all their Christmas presents are gone.

We know many of you want to help, so the firefighters at Columbia Fire Station No. 1 are accepting donations for the family.

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