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Family pets die in New Year’s Eve blaze

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By Megan Gray

Firefighters from throughout Denton County braved strong winds and frigid temperatures while responding to a house fire that left two family pets dead Wednesday night.

Krum Fire Chief Ken Swindle said the department received a call about a home on fire in the 500 Block of Park Lane at 7:49 p.m.

Firefighters began requesting backup as soon as they arrived when they saw the extent of the blaze inside the more than 3,000-square-foot home.

A neighbor across the street noticed the blaze and quickly dialed 911, he said.

“Unfortunately the family lost their dog — I believe a little Chihuahua — and another small animal to the fire,” Swindle said Thursday.

He said the fire had fully engulfed two rooms and a hallway before crews were able to contain the blaze. Preliminary investigation shows the fire started near a bathroom. A full investigation into the exact cause is still underway.

“Everyone did a great job of blocking the fire,” Swindle said. “It was very much wind-driven and investigators were still there around midnight.”

A total of six engines, as well as brush trucks and tankers, were brought in by Krum, Denton, Sanger, Ponder and Slidell fire departments to contain the blaze.

The occupants of the home — a married couple — were away at the time of the fire and no other injuries were reported, officials said.

Estimated damages weren’t immediately available, but the home had extensive heat and smoke damage throughout.

Swindle said this was their first major fire since October. The couple is currently staying with family.