Smyrna woman, 2 dogs die in house fire
by Jon Gillooly
jgillooly@mdjonline.com
July 05, 2011 12:00 AM | 4873 views | 6 6 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SMYRNA - A Smyrna woman and her two dogs died in a house fire early Monday.

The Smyrna Fire Department was called about a house fire at 2:11 a.m. Monday and, responding four minutes later, found the back of the one-story brick house located at 905 Pine Hill Drive near Bank Street fully engulfed in flames, said Fire Chief Jason Lanyon.

A search team found a woman, Mary Ann Pierce, and her two dogs dead in her bedroom from smoke inhalation.

Pierce, who was born in 1954, lived alone, said Lanyon, who was uncertain whether she had smoke detectors in her home.

Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon said he knew Pierce from his days of working for the postal service. Bacon's younger sister, Jenny Ruth Williams, was a close friend to Pierce, and called Bacon Monday in tears, he said.

"Anytime there's a loss of life it's terrible," Bacon said. "Just that she was by herself with her dogs, that makes it even more emotional. It's just tragic. She had a lot of good years left. It's like a little piece of Smyrna that we lost."

Lanyon said while the cause of the fire has yet to be determined, there appears to be nothing suspicious to have caused it.
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Marian Kolettis
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July 14, 2011
I met Mary Ann about 3 years ago - the day I moved in. She was wonderful - This just breaks my heart. She always had a treat for Molly - my little dog. Every time Molly saw her truck, she couldn't get there fast enough. I just talked with her the Friday before and she was excited about the Peachtree Race. This is a tragedy of an enormous size. My sympathy to her family and friends, of which I'm sure she had many.
B. Burton
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July 08, 2011
She was my mail carrier for 10 years. One of the nicest people you'd ever want to know. Mary Ann will be so very missed.
Deanna Carnley
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July 06, 2011
How Sad! I grew up in the house next door to Mary Ann and knew her family well. I had no idea she still lived there. My thoughts are with her family!

Stacey Murphy
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July 06, 2011
I worked with Mary Ann at the post office for several years. She was such a sweetheart, and everybody loved her. She will be missed!
Candy Sparks Chumley
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July 05, 2011
I was dumb-struck to read this. I went to school with Mary Anne but had lost touch over the years. I am so sorry to hear of this tragedy and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
sandy harper
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July 05, 2011
i graduated from wills in 1972 with mary ann. and i lived down the street from her. she was a sweet and humble person. she was loved and respected by her classmates. we will miss her. r.i.p. dear mary ann.
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