The home of Bryan and Jennifer Banknell on Old Highway 11 was a total loss, according to Jones County Emergency Management Director and Fire Chief Don Graham.
Gray volunteer firemen Lee Maudlin and Capt. Karl Zimmer were clearing the house after the fire was extinguished when they made an amazing discovery. Violet, the family’s beloved chihuahua, was found unharmed.
The story about Violet’s rescue, which can be found on the City of Gray GA Fire Department Facebook page, states, “She was protected from the searing heat by bed coverings and a layer of sheet rock from the bedroom ceiling. Voilet, just a little bit hot and thirsty, was reunited with her overjoyed family this evening.”
The best news of the potential tragedy was that a 12-year-old, who was home at the time of the fire, escaped without injury.
Graham said firefighters were dispatched at 5:47 p.m. Feb. 27, and three engine companies, Stations 5, 7 and 4, responded. He said Station 5 Chief Ed Burks was the first on the scene and was the incident commander.
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