Dog Saves Family From Early Morning House Fire



Several of our readers have been asking if there was anything they could do to help the Burris Family.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help.

Monetary donations can also be dropped of at Mrs. J’s Country Diner on 250 in Harrisville. 

Material donations can be dropped off or sent to:
105 Hanna Ave
Adena, Ohio 43901



Will Burris and his wife are now without a home, following an electrical fire in Adena, Ohio Thursday morning, but they say they owe their lives to their four-legged family member.

“We have one dog that woke my wife up and right now we owe that dog our life, because that’s, that’s who saved us this morning,” said Will Burris.

The dog knew something was wrong in the home smelling and seeing all of the smoke, that’s when he jumped on Will’s wife to wake her up.

“I got her, our three dogs, and our cat out and called 911 and more-or-less sat here and watched the house burn to the ground,” replied Will Burris.

Will says this bridge being out, right around the corner from his home; which separates the West and East sides of Adena is a problem and the fire may have been contained a little quicker if there was a way for fire crews to have easy access from one side to the village to the other.

“I think their reaction time would have been quicker if they had a temporary bridge installed like all of the residents here in town have mentioned,” said Will Burris.

Adena’s Fire Chief, Jim Horton, says they have a plan of action and equipment in place for emergencies like these while the bridge is being replaced.

“Our plan basically worked out the way we planned it. We – on this side of the bridge, on the west side of Adena, we have, uh, a mini pumper and ambulance stationed over here to serve the people over here,” said Adena Fire Chief, Jim Horton.

Other people who live in the village say the bridge being out has been a major inconvenience and they would like to see Village officials give them some answers about when it will reopen.

Now the Burris family is asking for your help. They’re in need of everything this morning, women’s size extra large shirts, size 16 pants, and 8 1/2 shoes. Will needs double XL men’s shirts, size 38×30 pants and size 10 shoes.

Since things have happened quickly this morning the they haven’t had an opportunity to talk about where donations can be sent, but if you would like to donate; be sure to stay with 7News as we get a location where items can be dropped off.

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