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Bystander helps rescue 15 dogs from Mt. Juliet strip mall fire

Mt. Juliet Police photo

A bystander helped rescue more than a dozen pets from a strip mall fire in Mt. Juliet Friday morning.

Mike Stacey was driving along Lebanon Road when smoke started coming from the roof of a strip mall with several businesses, including a pet groomer.

Around 8:30 a.m., an employee of Barking Lot Pet Grooming saw smoke in the building and they started getting all the dogs out of the building. All of sudden a bystander just came in and started helping.

Owner Adam Cooper said he didn't know if the man was with the fire department or what, but as it turned out, he was helpful bystander lending a hand.

"It's Mount Juliet, everyone helps everyone out here," Cooper said.

The owner says they are extremely appreciate of Stacey's actions, which helped to safely evacuate all animals in the grooming shop.

All pets are back safe with their owners.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Mt. Juliet crews are responding to a commercial structure fire Friday morning.

Police said Lebanon Road between North Greenhill Road and South Greenhill Road is closed at this time.

Photos show smoke coming from the roof line of a strip mall.

A detour has been established to avoid the closure and police report the fire is now under control.

FOX 17 News has a crew headed to the scene and will provide updates.

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