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August 01, 2012
DALLAS -- Two dogs perished in a one-alarm fire that gutted a home on Friday, the Dallas Fire Department said.
Neighbors contacted firefighters at about 9 p.m. after noticing flames inside the home. Officials arrived to find smoke coming from the eaves and the roof of the structure and flames throughout, said Dallas Fire Chief Bill Hahn.
Several fire trucks and apparatus and 30 firefighters from Dallas and Polk Fire District No. 1 managed to overhaul the blaze by 11:30 p.m.
The owner of the home is Beverly McCutcheon of Depoe Bay. Her grandson, McCary McCutcheon, and three roommates live there but weren't home at the time of the incident, Hahn said.
Two of the three dogs that were inside the house died from smoke and heat, Hahn said. The survivor, a pitbull, was able to make it to the less-affected rear of the house and ran into the backyard when a firefighter opened the backdoor, Hahn said.
"It had some singed fur ... I talked to the owner today and he said he was taking it to the vet for some breathing issues," Hahn said.
The cause of the fire was still being investigated as of press time. Hahn said structure damage was estimated at $60,000, while $35,000 in belongings were destroyed.