A house was destroyed in a fire that also claimed the life of a dog on 54th Avenue NE in Hickory on Tuesday evening.
Catawba County Deputy Fire Marshal Jennifer Lowrance said dozens of firefighters from seven departments responded to the fire.
The three residents were able to get out of the house but their dog could not escape. Lowrance said the Red Cross is helping the family, and people in the neighborhood have also provided support.
“They had family coming in for the holidays so we just ask everybody to keep them in their thoughts this season, as everybody joins together, that they’ve lost their home, they’ve lost everything they’ve owned,” Lowrance said. She did not disclose the identities of the people in the house.
Lowrance said the fire was accidental and started around the fireplace.
The property was the site of an explosion in 2009 that leveled the house that was standing there at the time.
Lowrance said a new house was built there and sold to new owners.
Kevin Griffin is the City of Hickory reporter at the Hickory Daily Record.
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