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Family pet perishes in Clearwater house fire, four people displaced

CLEARWATER — A family dog died and four people were displaced after flames ripped through their home Wednesday morning, according to fire officials.

Crews responded to the blaze at 1108 Normandy Lane about 7:30 a.m.

Three people were at home and were already outside with one of their dogs, a Bichon, when fire crews responded, authorities said. The fourth person was not home.

They told firefighters another Bichon was missing. Firefighters searched the home and found the dog under a bed, where it was hiding.

They used a pet oxygen mask and attempted CPR, but couldn't revive the dog, which succumbed to the smoke, officials said.

According to a preliminary investigation, one resident was watching television when she smelled smoke and alerted the two other residents.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it's not believed to be weather related.

The fire caused an estimated $40,000 in damage.

Family pet perishes in Clearwater house fire, four people displaced 08/10/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 11:16am]

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