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Dog rescued as fire destroys Bayou Cane home

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Bayou Cane firefighters rescue a bull terrier named Elvis Bayou Cane firefighters rescue a bull terrier named Elvis

Houma, LA - Melissa Hughes walked through what's left of her Bayou Cane home, looking for anything that survived.

A fire started in the attic Sunday while no one was home. Flames spread quickly, chewing through the roof before Bayou Cane firefighters even got the call.

Hughes arrived a few minutes later.

"The whole house was on fire," she says. "Of course, the first thing we thought was, we wanted our dog and we were frantically running around asking all the firefighters if they saved our dog."

Hughes watched and worried as the flames grew worse. Firefighters went back inside to look for her bull terrier named Elvis.

"Another firefighter spotted the dog and we both turned," says firefighter Garrett Edwards. "We tried to lift it, he couldn't get it by himself so then I grabbed Elvis. It was definitely the heaviest dog I've ever lifted in my life, easy 100 pounds."

Firefighters walked out with Elvis and set the hefty dog on the ground. Hughes couldn't believe he was still alive.

"He opened his little mouth and smoke came out so it was definitely starting to get to him," she says.

The dog is just about the only thing that survived the fire. What flames didn't destroy, soot and water did.

"It's hard to imagine, to put on things when you lose everything you own," says Hughes. "The insurance people say make a list of every item you had in your home and it's just so overwhelming to think of everything you lost."

Hughes is still waiting for the insurance company to send someone out to the house. She says they told her it could be sometime next week because adjusters are still working hail storm claims.

Hughes plans to rebuild her home. That will mean completely starting over.

But firefighters saved the one thing that couldn't be replaced.

"You start putting a value, ok, $100,000 worth of personal property burned up but you can't put a value on somebody," she says. "That's like my best friend you know."

And now Elvis has new friends at the Bayou Cane Fire Department.

"That's my first grab," says Edwards. "So that will stay with me forever."

Hughes' family set up an account to help her pay for expenses related to the fire.  You can donate to the Melissa Hughes Disaster Fund at any Capital One Bank.

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