September 22, 2014
McMINNVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Lou the mule brayed his way into his
owner's heart with a New Year's warning that her rural Tennessee
home was on fire.
Jolene Solomon says the mule saved her life by alerting her to
the attic blaze so that she could get out of the house before it
The Southern Standard in McMinnville reported Solomon had just
finished supper on New Year's Day when Lou's braying and acting up
got her attention. The 63-year-old - who lives alone - stepped
outside and saw the fire.
The farm house in south-central Tennessee built by Solomon's
grandfather was gutted. Solomon is staying with family while she
plans to rebuild.
Solomon said her father bought Lou years ago to help her and her
late sister, Blue, around the farm.