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NEW: Man injured in house fire after running back in to save dogs

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The State Fire Marshal's Office said the cause of an early morning house fire in Kanawha County is unknown at this time.  However, investigators said they do not believe it is suspicious.

The blaze started around 2:30 a.m. at a home on Rutledge Road in Charleston.

Officials said Tim and Jessica Parsons were sleeping when they smelled smoke.

They both managed to escape the house, but Tim went back inside to try and save their pets, according to firefighters.

He managed to save eight out of ten dogs living inside.

While his actions are heroic, Malden Fire Chief William 'Squeak' Peterson said it is never a good idea to run back inside of a house on fire.

"You can't risk your life just to save a pet," he said.

Peterson said it can be difficult to think about scenarios like this, but he said the best thing anyone can do is get outside of the house as soon as possible.

He also said people should shut the door behind them, even if animals are inside.

"You want them to get out and leave them an escape route, but any door or opening that you leave open lets air in and lets it feed the fire," he said.

The man suffered smoke inhalation and minor burns but is expected to be okay, according to investigators.

Firefighters believe the blaze started in the garage.


Crews were on scene of a structure fire on Rutledge Road in Kanawha County.

Family and friends tell us the home belongs to Tim and Jessica Parsons, both of whom were home at the time of the fire.  Crews say the couple did make it out of the home.  

The wife started smelling smoke around 2:30 a.m. 

Firefighters say smoke alarms did not go off.  

Dispatch said 2 dogs were inside house.  Neighbors told our crews on the scene that the husband suffered smoke inhalation and burns to his face after running back into the home to save the animals.  At this point, we are told those dogs are unaccounted for.  

We are told two fire departments battled the blaze.   

The husband was taken to CAMC with burns to the face and smoke inhalation. The wife made it out safely.

The home was destroyed by the fire.

No word on what started the blaze.

School buses will not be able to run on Rutledge road Tuesday morning due to the blaze.  

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