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Family loses belongings, puppies in fire

By Gheni_Platenburg
Sept. 10, 2010 at 4:10 a.m.


PLACEDO - A window air conditioning unit is to blame for a fire that destroyed a house in the 190 block of Park Street on Thursday morning.

Victoria County Fire Marshal Ron Pray said the fire started with an air conditioning unit in the front room.

"It had a problem, which caused the electrical system to overload," Pray said.

One issue that was noticeable in the fire ruins was that the extension cord attached to the unit was not adequate enough for its heavy current, according to Pray.

The Victoria Fire Department, along with the Placedo, Bloomington, Lone Tree and Telferner volunteer fire departments, all responded to put out the fire, which started about 11:30 a.m. and lasted for more than three hours.

The fire was fully involved once crews arrived on the scene.

April Lavina, 34, and her four children had been renting the one-story house for the past five years.

No one was home at the time of the fire.

Although there were no human injuries, eight 5-week-old puppies that were in the home did perish in the flames.

The fire also caused damage to a neighbor's trailer home and truck.

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