Units from the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a structure fire call at 2497 Land Road in the Clayton Community at approximately 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Cherokee County 911 received a call from the homeowner, stating that his house was on fire and that he was trying to get his dogs out of the house. Dispatchers reported that they could hear the man coughing as he attempted to rescue his dogs. The caller also stated that the house was beginning to fall in.

Firefighters of Engine 6 were the first to arrive on the scene and reported that 50% of the home was involved, with most of the fire coming from the back of the structure. The occupants of the home were able to escape without injury. There were three dogs in the house at the time of the fire; however, one was confirmed dead.

According to Cherokee County Fire Investigator Cheri Collett, the home was completely destroyed. The Red Cross was also notified to assist the family, and both lanes of Land Road were closed until the fire operation was complete.

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