Dog killed, house destroyed in Christmas Day fire

Neighbors say no one was home when the fire started.

Posted: Dec 25, 2019 2:18 PM
Updated: Dec 25, 2019 10:45 PM

Fire investigators are still working to learn the cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Limestone County on Christmas Day.

On Wednesday night, the family needs a new place to live because of the fire on Howard Street in Limestone County. It also killed their dog.

It took about 45 minutes for fire crews to put out the fire that destroyed this home. The fire chief said it was difficult to put out because of how hot it was. Now the only thing left standing, is the framework of the home.

"It's almost like bad horror movie. You know. They're gone visiting their family on christmas and receive a call from the sheriffs office where they live that their home is burning," says Chief Lance Pitts from the Piney Chapel Fire Department.

Crews had several water hoses shooting at the home for hours after. Our WAAY 31 reporter watched fire crews battle hot spots over and over again.

A husband, wife, and 4 pets lived in this home. The couple was in tuscumbia for christmas when the fire started. A neighbor called 9-1-1 shortly after noon, and fire crews responded in less than 10 minutes.

"Of course they were immediately upset because they left their pets," says Chief Pitts.

Fire crews searched the home and found the couple's 13-year-old dog died in the fire. Chief Pitts said his fire crews needed back up when they first arrived. He said it's hard getting water with hydrants so far away in the county.

"It was about over half a mile away," says Pitts. "Had there been anybody at home today..Maybe it was a good think they weren't home. As bad as this is, because they could have lost their life trying to rescue those pets," he says.

Pitts says it's important to turn off all appliances when leaving your home during the holidays.

"Make sure you turned off all your space heaters, appliances because it could catch on fire," he explains.

Not only did the homeowners lose all their belongings, but their two cars too. Fire crews determined the fire started on the back patio and spread to the rest of the home.


A fire on Christmas Day destroyed a home and two cars in Limestone County.  Firefighters say no one was hurt in the fire but a 13-year-old dog died and two other pets were burned.  Neighbors on Howard Street told WAAY 31 no one was home when the fire started early Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters from several agencies responded and saw smoke and flames when they arrived.  They think the fire started on the back patio.  Two hours after the fire was reported, firefigthers still battled hot spots.  

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