A Columbia family and their dog are safe after their house caught fire Thursday night.
The blaze started around 7:30 p.m. at the home on Hatcher Lane.
Teresa Jackson was inside with her three children when they spotted flames coming from the front bedroom.
The family ran outside and called 911. After first responders arrived, Teresa realized her three-year-old Shih tzu, P. J., was still in the house.
"He usually barks when something is going on, but this time he didn't so I don't know if it had got to him or not. That's what made me say, ‘Wait a minute! My dog is in the house,'" said Jackson.
She tried to run back inside to get her dog, but firefighters had to physically hold her back.
Columbia firefighters were able to enter the house and rescue the dog.
The flames from the fire, which were confined to one bedroom, left behind water and smoke damage to other parts of the home.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The family does not have renter's insurance; however, the homeowner does have insurance and has put the family in a hotel until repairs to the home can be made.
The homeowner told News 2 he plans to install new smoke detectors in all 15 of his rental properties.
3221 South Evans Street
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