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2 good Samaritans save dog from Webster Groves house fire

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A two alarm house fire consumed a home in Webster Groves on Tuesday afternoon. (Credit: KMOV) A two alarm house fire consumed a home in Webster Groves on Tuesday afternoon. (Credit: KMOV)
WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A two alarm house fire consumed a home in Webster Groves on Tuesday, August 8. It happened at 700 Fairview Avenue at approximately 2 p.m.

A charred shell is all that is left a week later after the fire. However, the fire only took what was not living thanks to good timing and good people. Homeowners Amy and Justin Miller usually have their youngest kids, twins Kian and Saige, napping around 2 p.m. every day. However last Tuesday, they were still at the zoo, instead of the regular routine.

"I was absolutely shocked that we decided to stay out past nap time," said Amy Miller, "It was almost involuntary that I made that decision and I know that that was God."

The only family member at home at the time of the fire was the family's dog, Milly. She was trapped on their back deck by the flames. A neighbor and a complete stranger acted quickly to save Milly. 

"To just run towards the flames instead of away from them to save animal...that really speaks for who that person is," said Miller.

The man, who didn't know the Miller family before that day, happened to be an experienced mountain climber. He scaled the side of their garage to grab the dog. 

"The right person, with the right heart, at the right time," said Miller.

When the Miller's home became unlivable, it was actually their second home that stepped in to help them keep living.

"We live in a world where so often the church doesn't get it right, but it's so cool this time the church got it right," said Matt Miofsky, the lead pastor at The Gathering United Methodist Church, where the Miller's are members.

This church community has been raising money for the family ever since the fire happened.

"Countless envelopes and gift cards have come to the church and given to the Miller's," said Miofsky.

While they lost a lot, they didn't lose each other or their joy.

"It's been unbelievable how many people in the community have stepped up," said Miller. 

GoFundMe Page set up for the Miller's: https://www.gofundme.com/millerfamilyemergencysupport

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