4 pets die in Eugene house fire; 5 people displaced

Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. — Fire officials say three dogs and a cat have died in a house fire that destroyed the Eugene residence and displaced five people.

The Register-Guard reported that the fire broke out Sunday morning. Fire Chief Lance Lighty says firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames coming out the windows of the home.

Three adults and two children had managed to escape in the home’s backyard.

The pets that died had been trapped inside a bedroom.

Lighty says fire crews were able to extinguish the flames in about 15 minutes, although the blaze still caused an estimated $175,000.

The Red Cross is providing the family with temporary housing.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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