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Dogs Woke Couple During Corinth House Fire

DJ Piner stands in front of his Proper Street house, which was damaged in a fire early Thursday. He credits his dogs with waking him and his wife during the fire. (Photo by Josh Mitchell/Corinth Today)

By Josh Mitchell

Corinth Today News Editor

Dogs woke up a husband and wife in a house fire early Thursday in Corinth.

DJ Piner said, “We probably would not be standing here talking” if the four dogs had not awakened him and his wife during the blaze.

No one was hurt in the fire, which damaged the 3852 Proper St. residence at about 5 a.m.

“The dogs woke us up jumping on the bed,” Piner said. “They were wanting us to get up.”

Piner saw the glow and smelled the smoke after the dogs woke him.

The fire was “right there close to our bedroom,” and they escaped through a window, Piner said.

“We both jumped up, got dressed and took the dogs out the side window,” he said. “We got out; that’s the main thing. Material stuff can be replaced over time.”

The Corinth Fire Department arrived at the scene extremely fast and did a great job, Piner said.

He was not sure what caused the fire. Meanwhile, they are working with their insurance company and staying in a hotel. He thinks about 80 percent of the house was lost.

“We got out lucky,” Piner said.

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