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Dog saves Ayden family from early morning fire

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Razor, a dog that alerted his owners of a fire, stands in front of the house that was burned down in Ayden. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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By Tyler Stocks
The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

AYDEN — A 3-year-old pit bull named Razor is being hailed a hero after he saved his family from their burning home in Ayden early Wednesday. 

“My mother and I were watching TV in the living room last night and had fell asleep,” Kadasia Roach said.

Roach normally takes the dog out in the morning but Razor was barking incessantly well before walk time, signaling something was wrong.  

“We usually take him Razor to the bathroom at 5:30 in the morning,” she said. “It was early and we were trying to tell the dog to be quiet, but he wouldn’t be quiet.” 

“The dog was barking, and my stepfather woke up, opened his eyes and saw smoke on top of the ceiling,” she said. “He saw smoke everywhere and went into the kitchen to open the door and burned his fingers.” 

“He woke my momma and me up, and my momma was like, Kadasia, wake up! wake up! ... the house is on fire.

“So, we ran out of the house.”

Roach’s stepfather had to go back inside because they forgot the dog, she said. “The dog went to the back of the house because he was looking for us.” 

Razor came out while her stepfather was still inside looking for him, and when her stepfather came out, the dog went back inside the house again. 

“My stepfather had to go back again after the dog because Razor didn’t see us yet,” she said.

Roach’s father managed to grab the dog just in time and ran through the back door.

“He came through the back door. Then the house went up in flames,” Roach said with tears in her eyes. 

Roach said all of her belongings were lost in the fire.  

“All my shoes, my backpack and all my clothes just went up in flames.”

“I had just went shopping,” she said. “I don’t have clothes and shoes and my mom lost her phone and car keys in the fire and me and my stepfather grabbed our phones before we ran out the house.”

Roach’s grandfather, Eddie Hooker, who lives behind the Roach family, woke up to Razor barking early Wednesday morning.  

“The dog realized something was wrong and kept barking,” Hooker said. He said his granddaughter came out of the house and ran across the yard to wake him up.

“She ran over here and let me know the house was on fire,” he said. 

All that remains of the family home at 4588 Lee St. is a hollowed out shell of charred wood, shards of broken glass, blackened walls, and piles of soot and ash.

But Hooker is thankful his family is alive. 

“All of this can be replaced, and I thank God they get to live another day,” he said.

Ayden firefighters arrived at 4:48 a.m. and were able to extinguish the blaze at 7 a.m.

“Upon arrival, we had a full involved part of the house,” Ayden Fire Department Assistant Chief Barry Wood said.  

Crews immediately started fire suppression efforts, cutting the gable of the house, which gave them access to fight the fire from above and knock down flames in the attic space, Wood said.

According to Wood, the fire began in the kitchen and spread to the attic, and that the dog waking Roach’s family up is a wake up call. 

“This is why people should have working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in the home and check their batteries often,” Wood said.  “There were no working smoke detectors in the home,” he said. 

“They were asleep and the family dog woke them up.”

Firefighters from Winterville Community Fire Department also responded to the fire. American Red Cross has also been assisting the family. 

The cause of the fire is undetermined and the home is being considered a total loss. 

Contact Tyler Stocks at tstocks@reflector.com or 252-329-9566.

 

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