UPDATE: House fire leaves man, dog critical

Jared Felkins • Updated Oct 8, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Lebanon firefighters battled a house fire Saturday night that left a man and his dog in critical condition.

Police Chief Scott Bowen said the fire started at about 6 p.m. at 1114 Belair Drive. He said the man apparently went back into the home to save his dog when both the man and dog suffered burns.

Bowen said Danny Roy Clemmons was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to be treated for burns. Animal control officers took the dog, a black lab named Peyton, for treatment, as well.

A hospital spokesperson said Sunday Clemmons was released earlier in the day.

According to Animal Control Officer Stephanie Cox, Peyton was taken to Nolensville Veterinary Hospital on Monday morning.

“He is in the intensive care unit,” Cox said. He is stable. He is burned more than 40 percent-50 percent of his body. He is responsive but in a lot of pain.

“He’s being kept in an oxygen kennel and oxygen is being pumped into him. He’ll be there until he gets better.”

Cox said due to the expense of taking Peyton to the vet hospital, donations are appreciated.

“We’ve been asking for donations to be made to Tennessee Veterinary Care and Nolensville Veterinary Hospital,” Cox said. “We’ve been asking people to make sure to put the donations to the attention of Peyton Clemmons so they will know to apply it to him.”

Lebanon firefighters, officers and Middle Tennessee Electric investigators remained on the scene after the fire was extinguished to determine the cause. 

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