Family's 4 pets survive massive house fire
CENTRAL- The Browning family is thankful, despite losing their house in a fire last week.
The family of seven was at a football game when the blaze broke out, but their five pets were trapped in the house. The roof was torched, windows broken, walls charred and almost everything inside was destroyed.
While firefighters battled the blaze, the Brownings began looking for their pets, hopeful that they found a way to escape. When the fire was finally extinguished, the firefighters joined the search.
"After six hours of working to get my house out, they went into the woods with flashlights," said Jennifer Browning.
Miraculously, the search turned out to be somewhat successful. The family was reunited with three of the animals, but it wasn't until the next day that the real surprise came.
A family friend spotted the Browning's white dog, Bella, peering out an upstairs window.
Firefighters can only guess as to how the dog survived. They believe Bella stayed safe by hiding somewhere low in the house while the fire ripped through the attic.
The family did lose their pet guinea pig in the fire. But, one week after the flood they say they're grateful to have their health and the support of their community.
"We have not had to ask for anything," said Browning. "That night people were dropping by after going to Walmart and guessing the kids' sizes."
Jennifer also hopes her story serves as a reminder to people to consistently check their smoke detectors.