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Family displaced, 3 dogs dead following morning fire


SHEFFIELD LAKE — A Sheffield Lake family has been forced from their home, and three dogs have died following a fire this morning.

According to Fire Chief Tim Card, firefighters were called to 652 Alameda Ave. just after 6:30 a.m.

They arrived to find fire in the basement and attic of the two-story home, Card said.

Card said the fire was too intense for firefighters to make entry to the house, and it needed to be battled from the outside of the home.

He said all of the home's occupants — he believed there were four people — got out safely. However, only one of the home's four dogs was able to be rescued.

He said that dog was rescued from the first floor, but three who were in cages in the basement died.

Card said the fire was determined to have started in the basement, but an investigator has not yet finished his report on what a possible cause might be.

Card estimated damage at $100,000 to the home and $40,000 to its contents. The homeowners were not insured, he added.

The residents were not able to remain in the home and are receiving assistance from both the Red Cross and the Farrow Group, which he said is a restoration company that knows the family.

Firefighters from Sheffield, Avon, Avon Lake, Sheffield Township and Elyria Township assisted Sheffield Lake.

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