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UPDATE: Dog gives life to save family from house fire

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UPDATE: If you drove along East 29th Sunday, it wasn't hard to miss thick smoke coming from a home.

"You could see the smoke from miles around, it was a big fire," said Bruce Garner, Chattanooga Fire Department.

The fire destroyed everything inside Larry Erskine's home. His living room is no more, his kitchen all gone. But one thing the fire didn't take was Larry's family. Larry was at work when his wife called about the fire.

“I got my family, that's all that matters,” said Erskine.

Erskine's family was getting ready for church, when their dog, Chief, started barking.

"He made enough noise for my family to understand that something was wrong," said Erskine.

Chief may have helped save the family, but unfortunately the dog wouldn't make it.

"God made sure we had him at the right time, his journey is over," said Erskine.

While Chief's journey is over, and this home is no more, Erskine says his family is relying on faith.

"This is momentarily, if it burned down and drop the rest away down, God will built it back wherever it stopped at,” said Erskine.

It took firefighters about 45 minutes to get the fire out. They still don't know what started it. The Erskine family is staying in a hotel.

PREVIOUS STORY: The Chattanooga Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire Sunday morning just after 11 a.m. on Diane Lane with five fire companies. 

Investigators tell us a family was getting ready for church Sunday morning when they heard a loud pop on the back side of the house. 

The loud pop was a window busting from intense flames on the outside of the house. 

Larry Erskine, his wife Nicole and their two-year-old daughter got out of the house without injury.

The fire spread rapidly through the house and the huge plume of smoke could be seen for miles around. 

Firefighters made an aggressive attack on the fire and extinguished the blaze from the inside and outside. 

Firefighters were able to save two of the family's three dogs. 

It took firefighters about 45 minutes to get the blaze under control. 

An estimated dollar loss is not available at this time, but the fire did cause substantial damage to the four bedroom home. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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