That brings the number of dogs lost in house fires so far this month up to 16, including 11 in one Mount Carmel residence (Nov. 7), two at a Christians Bend residence (Nov. 6), and one at another Mount Carmel residence (Nov. 14).
Shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday, multiple volunteer fire departments led by Striggersville responded to a house fire at 1823 Burem Road near Rogersville.
Initially, neighbors indicated that some of the residents may be inside the burning home, but firefighters later learned that no one was home except the dogs.
Among the first authorities on the scene was Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jeremy Nash, who observed flames showing from the front porch overhang and roof area.
Firefighters were unable to save the home, and two dogs that were inside the house at the time died in the fire.
The homeowner reportedly stated he and his family were in Morristown when the fire occurred.
Nash wrote in his report a cause of the fire hasn't been determined.
In an unrelated incident, Surgoinsville firefighters responded to a residential blaze shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday at 613 Zion Hill Road.
Surgoinsville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Shane Suthers said about three-quarters of the doublewide mobile home was destroyed, but he would call the home a total loss.
The occupants weren't home at the time of the fire, but they later told firefighters a cat that was inside the house escaped unharmed.
As with the Burem Road fire, the cause of the Surgoinsville fire was unknown as of Monday.