Missouri woman dies after trying to save pets from fire

CLARKSVILLE, Mo. | A woman has died after rushing into her burning eastern Missouri home to save her pets.

St. Louis broadcaster KTVI-TV is reporting that Marianne Allison died Friday in the fire in Clarksville.

Allison and her husband escaped from their home after flames broke out around 6 a.m. Friday. But KTVI reports that Allison returned for her six cats, five dogs, three birds and a fox. She never made it back out of her house, and only one dog escaped.

Friends said she loved animals.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

A dispatcher in Pike County said she did not have any information about the blaze.