Children safe after dog alerts them to house fire in Maryville

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MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A pit bull is being credited with getting children out of a house fire Wednesday morning.

Firefighters of the Blount County Fire Department responded to the 900 block of Old McGinley Drive around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to find flames coming from the kitchen-area of the house.

Blount County Fire Captain Johnny Leatherwood said at least two children were were sleeping inside the house and the mother wasn’t home when the fire broke out.

Leatherwood said the family’s dog broke through the bedroom door, waking up the children and alerting them to the fire. The children were able to get out safely.

Firefighters said a large amount of ammunition was inside the house that began to ignite during the blaze.

Wednesday is the first day Blount County Schools have gone virtual ahead of the winter holiday break.

A fire occurred Wednesday at this residence in the 900 block of Old McGinley Drive in Maryville.

This is a developing story.

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