Blaze destroys home on Hwy. UU, alert Labrador saves occupants
Pets have been known to detect danger before their owners and that’s what saved a Pike County woman and her granddaughter from a devastating home fire on Friday, Jan. 3.
Debbie Davis, 60, and granddaughter Alexis Davis, 13, were asleep in their home on Hwy. UU about three miles east of Hwy. 61 around 4:30 a.m. when her dog came to the rescue.
The grandmother’s yellow Labrador, Diego, kept bouncing on and off her bed, interrupting her sleep.
“I got up and saw some smoke,” Davis said Saturday, Jan. 4. “I went and got my granddaughter and said ‘We’ve got to get out of here.’ We wouldn’t have made it if he hadn’t been so insistent.”
Davis, her granddaughter and Diego all got out of the building unscathed and she called 911 on her cell phone.
Firefighters from the Bowling Green, Buffalo Township and Louisiana fire departments responded, but the blaze consumed the home before they could save it. Firemen doused the blaze until late in the morning, putting out hot spots in the home that is now just rubble.
Davis said she had no idea how the blaze started and neither did firefighters at the scene.
Although the Davises and Diego escaped harm, they lost all their belongings in the fire.
Davis said fellow employees at the Northeastern Missouri Correctional Center in Bowling Green have been gathering goods for her to start a new home in. She is a member of the White Rose Baptist Church in Bowling Green and said some help might come through that facility as well.
In addition, a friend with a vacant Bowling Green home is letting her stay there.