December 22, 2014

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At least 7 dogs die in Henrietta house fire

HENRIETTA TWP. — No one was injured, but seven dogs died in a fire that destroyed a house at 13377 Gifford Road on Sunday.

The fire was called in around 5:55 p.m. and smoke and flames were coming from the front door when firefighters arrived about 20 minutes later, according to South Amherst Fire Chief Al Smith. Smith said the fire, which began in the living room of the one-floor, wood-framed house, was contained around 6:35 p.m. The six tenants in the home were outside when firefighters arrived.

A neighbor called in the fire, the cause of which was under investigation Sunday night. The fire is believed to be accidental.

Smith said the family had 10 dogs in the home with one recently giving birth to puppies and more dead dogs may be found. He said the home was a total loss, but didn’t have a damage estimate.

The Lorain County chapter of the American Red Cross is providing temporary housing assistance to the residents. Firefighters from Camden and Florence townships helped extinguish the fire.