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The miracle behind "Miracle"

LIMESTONE, Tn. (WYMT/WJHL) - It was a reunion many would have deemed impossible.

A Limestone family’s home was leveled in a house fire Tuesday, leaving everything destroyed, or so they thought.

Pat Boone has been a firefighter for nearly a decade.

"It’s common to show up and open the door or bust through the door and there's a pet there wanting out,” Boone said.

Common. Expected. Possible. Boone says this story of survival – is anything but.

"You never see a house that has fully burned to the ground, and you're on the scene for over an hour, and 90 percent of the home is gone. I mean it's up in smoke. And something lived,” Boone said.

That something – is Abigail.

Fall Branch firefighters Pat Boone, Jonathan Martin, and Michael Connally responded to the late Saturday night fire that engulfed Vicky Leford’s home. Under the floor board – is where they found her dog, Abigail.

"We didn't know her name and we called her Miracle - it's just a miracle,” Boone said.

A miracle that through the deadly flames…

"I noticed something move."

There was life.

"Next thing I know there's a little dog coming out from the floor space...I reached in and grabbed here and pulled her through the hole,” Boone said.

In the midst of losing everything, the Vicky Leford and her daughter Jennifer Arnett are embracing a newfound sense of hope -

"We cried. We though we done lost 'em,” Leford said.

"Houses can be replaced, clothes can be replaced. Family and animals can't,” Arnett said.

And a helping hand.

"We’re trying to help them along the lines - taking care of something that's just as important as part of their family is... We are the other family doctor in a sense,” Jonesborough Animal Hospital Veterinary Technician James Chatman said.

The anonymous donor is covering all of Miracle’s vaccination expenses.

"While we're doing an interview... People actually came in and wanted to help out. It's just amazing people and the dog bond, the animal bond, especially in a time of need,” Boone said.

"When you think it's not possible, or maybe nothing else is in that house or it's impossible - you just never know. Miracles do happen,” Boone smiled.

Miracle (Abigail) will leave Jonesborough Animal Hospital and go home with Boone on Friday – continuing to be monitored for the next 2-4 weeks until she can rejoin her family.


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