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White Point man loses everything in fire including his beloved dog

Tony Whynot of White Point lost everything in a fire Wednesday night. But most traumatic for him was the loss of his dog, Jo Jo.
Tony Whynot of White Point lost everything in a fire Wednesday night. But most traumatic for him was the loss of his dog, Jo Jo.

WHITE POINT - Tony Whynot celebrated his 50th birthday Thursday in the most tragic way imaginable – burying his beloved dog after it was killed in a house fire.

Whynot was at work when his trailer at 52 Christa Avenue caught fire sometime late Wednesday.

It was a total loss, and Whynot had no insurance.

Whynot thinks the fire started from a heater.

“When I came home everybody in the park was trying to get my little dog out and they couldn’t, the trailer blew up and I got him out anyway, I just buried him,” Whynot says, choking back tears.

The dog, a Shih tzu, had been Whynot’s constant companion for four years.

He says the loss of the dog is worse than losing his home.

“Today I’m going to go out in the rubble, there’s a little ball there for the dog, I want to put it in with him,” he says.

Three fire departments responded to the scene of the fire, but were not able to get it out in time.

Whynot says at least the dog wasn’t burned up in the fire.

“I can’t get over it. I can’t stop thinking of him. I don’t even care about the fire I just wanted the dog,” he says.

“It was awful.”

Whynot says the community has been offering all kinds of help and support for him, but he doesn’t know where he goes from here.

“I can’t stop thinking about the dog. It won’t go away.”

Whynot was at work when his trailer at 52 Christa Avenue caught fire sometime late Wednesday.

It was a total loss, and Whynot had no insurance.

Whynot thinks the fire started from a heater.

“When I came home everybody in the park was trying to get my little dog out and they couldn’t, the trailer blew up and I got him out anyway, I just buried him,” Whynot says, choking back tears.

The dog, a Shih tzu, had been Whynot’s constant companion for four years.

He says the loss of the dog is worse than losing his home.

“Today I’m going to go out in the rubble, there’s a little ball there for the dog, I want to put it in with him,” he says.

Three fire departments responded to the scene of the fire, but were not able to get it out in time.

Whynot says at least the dog wasn’t burned up in the fire.

“I can’t get over it. I can’t stop thinking of him. I don’t even care about the fire I just wanted the dog,” he says.

“It was awful.”

Whynot says the community has been offering all kinds of help and support for him, but he doesn’t know where he goes from here.

“I can’t stop thinking about the dog. It won’t go away.”

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