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Fire destroys house with 15 dogs inside

Fire destroys house with 15 dogs inside

CREATED Nov 29, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov 29, 2012

Reporter: Justin Schecker
Web Producer: Mekita Rivas

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson Fire responded to a house fire near 22nd and Country Club Thursday morning where six people lived with 15 dogs.

Firefighters were able to put out the fire within an hour and a half.  

The flames fully engulfed the house.

"The first thing we saw were flames coming out the front door and then there was a huge explosion," said Melissa Evenchik, a neighbor who called 911.  

Six people were evacuated from the home, including two men ages 23 and 50 and two women ages 23 and 45, according to the Red Cross. 

"They lost everything," Theresa Grant, Red Cross spokesperson, told 9 On Your Side. 

Capt. Barrett Baker with Tucson Fire says one of the people to escape the fire is handicapped. One person was taken to a local hospital.

Baker also said 15 dogs were in the house when the fire started. Several dogs died in the fire, but the exact number has not been determined. Other dogs were able to get out of the house but are still unaccounted for.

Damages are estimated at $100,000. The cause and origin of the fire are still under investigation.

Baker said this was the third fire in a 12-hour period within the City of Tucson.