North Carolina man found dead in fire with dogs curled next him

ByWSOC-TV
Friday, December 15, 2017
Stacy Messer
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CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C -- One piece of Christmas garland was still wrapped around what used to be 59-year-old Stacy Messer's front porch.

Fire investigators said Messer died trying to escape a fast-moving fire that started in the back of his Catawba County home around 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

They found him near the door with his two dogs curled up next to him.

Firefighters were called around 6 a.m. to the mobile home on Lineberger Loop Road. When they arrived, fire crews reported flames and smoke engulfing the structure.

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