MARION, OH (WCMH) – A dog saved his owner’s life early Wednesday morning during a house fire along Uhler Avenue.
Fern Parish had just celebrated her 78th birthday on Tuesday, when a blaze began while she slept that night.
“Her dog had woke her up. Chin Chin was barking and then starting pawing at her arm, trying to get her awake when she woke up she smelled smoke, went in the dining room saw the fire and they got out,” said Fern’s nephew Brian Parish.
“The assistant chief, he said she’s lucky. If the dog had not woken her up, she probably wouldn’t be here today,” said Brian.
The Marion Fire Department said the blaze started in the basement and progressed quickly up an open area to the attic. Investigators believe the cause was electrical.
“She doesn’t wear her hearing aids to bed. The smoke alarms were going off and that’s probably one of the things that sparked the dog,” said Brian. “That dog is pretty special.”
Brian said Chin Chin doesn’t warm up to strangers, but is very protective of Fern. He’s a loyal companion that is truly a hero.
“I’m a former K9 officer with the Sheriff’s Office and so I’ve trained a lot of dogs and this is just amazing,” said Brian. “Pay attention to your dogs. They can’t talk, but they’re always trying to tell you something.”
The Marion Fire Department said 16 or 17 firefighters fought down the flames around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The majority of the fire was put out within 25 minutes. The estimated total damage is $75,000.