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Nine People Escape, Five Pets Die in House Fire


All nine occupants of an Evansville home escaped a fire that claimed the lives of five pets. 

Firefighters were called to 1113 Baker Avenue at about 11:15 Thursday morning

In a release, Division Chief Mike Larson said the first crews on the scene found smoke and flames on the first and second floors of the one-and-a-half story house.

Firefighters rescued an adult and a child from a porch roof at the rear of the home.

Larson said all nine occupants -- six adults and three juveniles – were either rescued or safely evacuated.

Five pets died in the fire and Animal Control responded to remove the animals.

It took crews about 45 minutes to extinguish the fire.

AMR ambulance crews evaluated the occupants and one adult received a breathing treatment. No one went to the hospital.

Larson said six of the nine occupants lived at the home and the Red Cross was notified to assist them.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.