Officials are investigating after two structure fires blazed in the same Clarksville neighborhood early Sunday morning.
Police first responded to a fire at a home in the 800 block of Richardson Street at 7:07 a.m. Officials were able to extinguish the flames quickly.
First responders said there was significant fire damage to the residence.
It was a heart-wrenching day for Joseph and Alecia Moore who not only lost their Clarksville home to the fast-moving fire, but also their best friend.
"I've never seen a dog so full of love," said Alecia Moore.
The Moores woke up to their pit-bull mix, Jazz, barking to alert them about the fire that broke out in their home. In addition to Jazz's persistent barking, the couple said a stranger banged on the front door warning them of the flames. The Moores would personally like to thank this stranger for also risking his life to save theirs.
"We thank God for you. We'd like to meet you and hug you, kiss your face and say thank you," said Alecia Moore.
The couple managed to grab their two young children, including their two-and-a-half-year- old son who was removed from his bed just in the nick of time.
"As soon as we snatched him up, the window exploded and the fire started coming in," said Alecia Moore.
They also grabbed their nine dogs, most of whom are rescues. Unfortunately, their beloved Jazz was trapped in the burning home and eventually succumb to smoke inhalation.
Alecia Moore said, "She was a rescue. We rescued her and then she rescued us. She gave her life to save ours."
Nearly eleven minutes after responding to the Moore's home to put out the house fire, crews were called to another structure fire less than a half mile away.
Authorities responded to another structure fire at 7:18 a.m. at 1201 Greenfield Drive. First responders found Jordan's Market fully engulfed in flames. Fire officials were able to extinguish the flames.
The neighborhood market will be closed for a while due to the damage.
Clarksville Fire Chief Ray Williams told News 2 that both fires appear to be suspicious since they were set outside each structure, but that it is way too soon to determine if they are both linked.
The Moores, who spent most of Sunday afternoon finding temporary homes for their dogs, say they will honor Jazz's memory by continuing to help rescue other dogs.
"That's what she would want. We did it for her. She would want us to do it for others dogs," said Alecia Moore.
In the meantime, the Moores will be spending the next couple of days in a Motel provided by the Red Cross.
Their neighbor's home was also damaged due to the intense flames.
The Clarksville Fire Department and the Clarksville Police Department will be working jointly to investigate the causes of the two fires.
Thursday, August 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:28:07 GMT
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