Former firefighter saves four family dogs in fire

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MOUNT AIRY, N.C. -- No humans were hurt, and their animal companions weren't either, after a former volunteer firefighter fought through smoke to save the family's four dogs.

Joel Goin, 72, was asleep at home early Monday morning when his wife, Sheller Goin, noticed something was wrong.

"Where the windows used to be, it was flames coming out," said Sheller, who was in the trailer next door.

Joel said he doesn't know what caused the blaze.

"I don't have any idea. I just heard a big boom," Joel said. "The house was filling with smoke when I had to get out," Joel said.

But before he left, he struggled through the smoke to find and rescue couple's four pug mixes.

"He crawled out is what he said," Sheller said.

"They're our family. They're our whole family," Joel said.

The trailer Joe was in is a total loss, but the trailer Sheller was in is still intact. Only one of the animals suffered from any amount of smoke inhalation.

Surry County fire investigators haven't yet determined the cause of the fire.

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