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Fire damages attic of house on Perth Street home

By ErinPradia
Oct. 13, 2011 at 5:13 a.m.

Victoria firefighters tend to a house fire on Perth Street Thursday  The Victoria Fire Department had the fire contained in 15 minutes. There were no injuries at the scene.

A fire burned through the roof of a two-story house in the 100 block of Perth Street in the north part of Victoria about 3:50 p.m. Thursday.

When Victoria firefighters arrived on scene, flames leapt from the roof.

A 22-year-old man was inside the house when the fire broke out. He called the Victoria Fire Department attempted to put it out with a garden hose. He and one of the family dogs escaped. All other occupants of the house were accounted for, said City Fire Marshal Tom Legler.

A second dog was inside the house while the fire was being extinguished.

"Zoe's in there!" screamed one lady as more family members arrived on scene.

The family stood in neighbor's yards and cried as they waited to hear the fate of their lost puppy.

Firefighters later found the dog unharmed once the fire had been put out, said Fire Chief Tanner Drake.

Mallette Drive was closed until 7 p.m. while firefighters extinguished the blaze and Perth Street opened an hour later.

Edna Valadez who lives next door was awakened from a nap by firefighters, wanting Valadez and her mother to evacuate.

Meanwhile, the fire had started on the exterior of the house in the back, Drake said. The attic sustained extensive damage, and firefighters had to pull most of the ceiling to get to the fire. The fire was under control in 15 minutes.

"The fire was contained to the room of origin," Drake said. "But because of the way the house was constructed, it was hard to get to."

Linda Jordan lived in the house with her 22-year-old son, her daughter, 31, and her granddaughter.

The Red Cross will help meet the family's immediate needs for food, clothing and shelter, said Red Cross Emergency Services Director Linda May,

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.



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