CLEARWATER — A house was destroyed and nine dogs were killed in a fire early Sunday morning.
The fire at 1616 Maple St. woke the homeowners about 4 a.m., said Elizabeth Daly-Watts, spokeswoman for Clearwater Fire and Rescue.
Russell Jacoby, 47, and Laurie Burbach, 41, were not injured. They tried to rescue their three adult dogs and six puppies, but the fire spread too quickly, Daly-Watts said.
Damage to the home is estimated at $300,000. The Red Cross is assisting Jacoby and Burbach.
An investigation into the cause of the blaze is ongoing. Daly-Watts said initial reports indicate the fire began in the attic and was caused by an electrical malfunction.