DECATUR — Two dogs and a cat died Tuesday evening after a fire broke out in the basement of an eastside home, the Decatur Fire Department said.
Fire Chief Jeff Abbott said firefighters were called to 2334 Hawthorne Drive at 6:22 p.m. When they arrived, he said, heavy flames and smoke were found in the house's basement and put out fairly quickly.
The fire caused significant damage to the basement, but was contained to that area, Battalion Chief Wade Watson said. No one was home at the time. The house's three occupants would likely stay with family who live nearby.
Watson said the homeowners' pets died of smoke inhalation, though first responders tried to revive them.
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Watson said no firefighters were reported to be injured Tuesday night. He said firefighters needed to ventilate the house's roof in order to get inside and extinguish the flames.
A damage estimate was $43,000, and the cause of the fire is under investigation as of Wednesday morning. The fire was extinguished by 6:30 p.m.
The Decatur Ambulance Service also responded to the scene with firefighters.