“The pitbull saved our life” – family speaks after losing 5 pets in house fire west of Mt. Vernon

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POSEY COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) — A family in the middle of remodeling their home is now living in a motel after a house fire in the 100 block of Hwy 62 W just before midnight Sunday.

“12 years of our life is gone that we’ve worked for,” Melissa Wade said. “It was engulfed; within a minute and a half, this whole house was gone.”

Firefighters were on scene until 4 a.m. The Black Township fire chief says the early morning fire claimed the lives of three dogs and two cats.

Wade says at the beginning of the fire, one of the dogs was in the hallway making a whimpering sound.

“When I looked in the hallway, the other end of my house was engulfed in flames and smoke,” Wade said. “We got everybody out and my five animals didn’t make it … the dog that saved our life is now gone, but we’re all four here and we’re thankful for that.”

Wade wants others to pay attention to their animals if they start acting differently at night.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but officials say it does not appear to be suspicious.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family.

(This story was originally published on April 18, 2021)

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