LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A woman is thankful to be alive after someone set fire to her home while she slept.
Gina Snyder got an early morning wakeup call from her 8-month-old White Shepherd Snowflake. She says Snowflake may have saved her home and her life.
"She's gotten extra treats from me, friends, anyone who comes to the house," Snyder said.
Snyder says about 5 a.m. on July 29, the dog began barking frantically. Snyder got up and saw that her house was on fire.
Neighbors jumped in with their garden hoses until the fire department arrived.
They say it appears someone set fire to a couple tires underneath the home.
Snyder says the home has been in her family for generations.
“I had peace there, until now," she said.
About an hour later that same morning, the fire marshal's office says there was another suspicious fire at a vacant house less than 7 miles south of Snyder's home on Route 93.
Investigators are looking for possible connections.
Snyder says she’s afraid the fire at her home is not random. She says just a few days after the fire, someone broke in and ransacked her place.
"Things were broken that my mom had gotten me,” she said. “Those can't be replaced."
Now she's too afraid to stay there until someone's caught.
"It's awful,” she said. “It makes you sick to your stomach. Did someone you know do this? Someone you care about? Is it a stranger? It just takes you to your core. You don't know what to think."
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