Hero dog wakes owner when fire breaks out

     Marley jumped on his owner to alert him of a fire. (Image courtesy of Andree Zimerla via JSHN/Facebook)

    Marley jumped on his owner to alert him of a fire. (Image courtesy of Andree Zimerla via JSHN/Facebook)

    A dog is credited with saving his owner’s life when a house fire broke out early yesterday morning in Jackson.

    The fire at the intersection of South and 1st streets within the Southwinds Mobile Home Park sparked shortly after 3 a.m., according to Chris Aldrich, Whitesville Fire Department spokesman.

    Dispatchers received numerous 911 calls as firefighters were responding. When crews arrived, they discovered the occupant and his dog outside uninjured, the spokesman said.

    Aldrich said the dog, identified as Marley, alerted his owner to the fire by jumping on his bed while barking.

    The fire was brought under control at 4:18 a.m., and crews remained on the scene until 6:30 a.m.

    The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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