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Deputy Chief Jon Stratton said one of his lieutenants was driving down Route 59 south of 135th Street at about 10:15 a.m. when he spotted smoke.
Likewise, a team of firefighters from station 4 was conducting ice training at station 2 on 135th Street when they also noticed smoke from a fire in the 13800 block of Mallard Court.
"At the same time 911 was being called, these guys were pulling up at the house," Stratton said. Firefighters who arrived on the scene had to force entry to the house, and although the human residents weren't home, the family dog was.
Stratton said firefighters brought the dog outside and gave her oxygen. The pooch, a chocolate Lab named Kendra, was then taken to a veterinarian for treatment. "She's doing really well," Stratton said.
While the cause of the blaze is under investigation, Stratton said investigators believe it may have started in the kitchen.
According to Stratton, the home is uninhabitable. "They lost everything," he said of the homeowners.