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Steve Leagon sat on the wet ground and watched as his home was engulfed in smoke. A pair of big, brown eyes stared up at him as he wiped a tear from his eye. His pal, Jake, lay across his lap.
"I was asleep on the couch and he woke me up," Leagon said.
To read more of this story, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.