After numerous calls, e-mails and comments on our website about the fire that destroyed a Wilmington home yesterday and killed the family's dog and cat, we asked experts for fire safety tips.
Firefighters say typical fire safety guidelines state humans are a priority. If it is safe to save animals, or re-enter the house, then animals are the next priority.
The Clark family managed to get out of their house after hearing their dog barking in the garage. Investigators say a 14-year-old boy opened the door to the garage to check on the dog. When he opened it, he saw flames and immediately closed the door to wake up his family.