JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Thanks to two family pets, a Calhoun mother and her infant child were able to get out of their burning home safely early Christmas Eve morning.
At about 1:30 the mother was awakened by the barking of her two dogs. She was able to get the baby and get out of the house safely. The fire apparently started in the living room by the Christmas tree. When firefighters arrived there was smoke billowing out the eaves. Battling high heat and smoke they entered the home and was able to put it out in about 10-minutes.
Fire damage to the home was contained to the living room area, however the rest of the home received extensive smoke damage. Damages were estimated at $25,000. The family did not lose any of their Christmas presents as they were going to visit relatives for Christmas and the presents were already loaded in the car.
One fire firefighter received a minor head injury and was treated at the scene.
The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.