BELTON — A woman who lost almost everything except her puppy and family pictures in a house fire Thursday morning still managed to see God’s hand in the loss.
Ruth Drake, 84, lived in the 400 block of South East Street until the smell of smoke alerted her and Mike Hamilton, who was staying with her as she recuperated from hip replacement surgery. He helped her out of the house along with Shortcake, her 4-month-old poodle mix puppy.
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