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House Fire Kills Pets; People Escape Injury


Several pets have died in an Evansville house fire. 

Firefighters were dispatched to the home at 1404 N. Weinbach Avenue just before 6:00 Thursday morning.

When crews arrived, they reported smoke coming from the back of the house.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze by 6:45.

In a release, EFD Division Chief Mike Larson said the fire started in a basement bedroom and the occupant woke up to smoke and a glow next to his bed.

He went upstairs and woke up his parents and they attempted to extinguish the blaze with a fire extinguisher but were unsuccessful.

Larson said there were five people living in the two-story bungalow -- 3 adults and 2 teenagers -- along with four dogs, six cats, and a snake.

AMR medics checked out the residents and they were not injured.

Firefighters were able to rescue and treat two dogs, but four cats perished.

Larson said the family will be displaced but declined assistance from the Red Cross.

The cause of the fire was electrical in nature but an investigation continues.