The family of Phil and Niki Smith were alerted by their dogs of something wrong at the home at 226 Highway 45 in Rienzi.
"The dogs woke them up and they smelled smoke," said Biggersville Fire Chief Jeff Allen.
According to the fire chief, the Smiths didn't see any smoke inside or outside the home after being awoke.
"The smoke odor was strong so they started taking things out of the home when the fire broke through the south end of the home," said Allen.
The call to E-911 came in 4:07 a.m. with the first two units on the scene at 4:24.
"There was a heavy fire when we arrived … it went fast," added Allen of the cedar and brick structure.
The Smiths had been in Jackson prior to arriving home around 2-3 a.m., according to the report. They had been in bed only a short time when alerted by the pets.
Firemen with Southwest, Kossuth, Glen, Pisgah, Farmington and Biggersville all responded to the scene. The blaze was controlled by 8:30 a.m.
"We left a unit on the scene to maintain hot spots during the day," said Allen.
The Smiths – who have two biological children, Colt, a fourth grader, and Macy Jade, a second grader – are the adopted parents of two girls from China. Guan Ya, adopted in March of 2013, and GiGi are two orphans the couple adopted in their lifelong mission for God. The story of their adoption of the children appeared in a March edtion of the Daily Corinthian.
Phil Smith is Career Pathways Experience teacher at the Alcorn Career and Technical Center while Niki is a stay-at-home mom.