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House Fire Kills 3 Dogs, Displaces 6 People

Fire truck at Evansville Fire Department Station 1.
Tim Jagielo
Fire truck at Evansville Fire Department Station 1.

EFD: Sunday's blaze at 603 E. Chandler Ave. was sparked by a space heater

A house fire in Evansville has displaced several residents and claimed the lives of three dogs. WNIN’s John Gibson has the story:

It happened Sunday afternoon at 603 E. Chandler Ave.

EFD Division Chief Mike Larson says the residents called 9-1-1 after they noticed smoke coming from the second floor.

Larson says the first crew on the scene found smoke coming from the house and the occupants getting out.

He says crews quickly extinguished the fire at the top of the stairs but flames extended into the ceiling between the second floor and the attic which took some time to access and extinguish.

The fire was considered fully extinguished in less than 20 minutes.

Fire investigators determined it was an accidental fire caused by an electric space heater.

The Red Cross was notified for two adults, four children, and several dogs and cats that were displaced.

Three dogs on the second floor succumbed to smoke inhalation.