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Wife's quick action saves husband from fire

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The fire started in an electrical outlet in the bedroom according to Dye. The fire started in an electrical outlet in the bedroom according to Dye.
Kay Dye standing outside her home of 32 years. Kay Dye standing outside her home of 32 years.

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - An elderly Chattanooga couple is homeless after a fire ripped through their home.

It happened in north Chattanooga just before 1 a.m. Saturday. They were able to escape with minor injuries.

Kay and Aubrey Dye have rented their Winchester Street home for 32 years. Flames gutted it overnight, leaving them without a place to live, even clothes to wear. They were asleep when smoke started taking over.

"My husband was in his bed, and he has dementia, and I was on the couch and the smoke detectors went off, and I had to go get him out of the bed and help him outside," Kay Dye said.

The Dyes have been married nearly 50 years. Most of that was spent in their Winchester Street home that's now charred and unrecognizable.

"It's tough when you've had this stuff all these years and you lose it," Kay said.

Chattanooga Fire officials say the fire appears accidental, likely an electrical malfunction. Kay says she saw the outlet on fire right next to where her husband was sleeping.

"He stays cold a lot and I had the electric blanket hooked up and that's what caused the fire," she said.

The couple and neighbors called 911. Firefighters rescued their dog and gave him oxygen.

"We had to get out of there because the smoke liked to got us," Kay said.

Her only goal at that moment was to get her husband and herself to safety.

"I fell getting him out and busted my knee open. Thank God we're alright though," Kay said.

With hugs from family and neighbors, they're sorting through the ashes. They're putting anything salvageable in a truck, but most of it is just stuff from the garage.

"It left us without any clothes or nothing and everything is just ruined," Kay said.

The couple is staying with their son in Soddy Daisy. If anyone would like to help them, an account has been setup at Suntrust Bank in Kay Dye's name.

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