Wood stove blamed for house fire which killed three pets

WARREN CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Firefighters believe a wood stove is to blame for a house fire that killed three pets Monday evening.

It all happened around 7 p.m. on the 3100 block of W. County Road 300 North in Warren County. That’s about eight miles northwest of Williamport, just west of the U.S. 41 and State Road 63 split.

Williamsport Fire Chief Kevin Strickler said when firefighters arrived, flames already engulfed the east side of the house. They had to battle a strong wind pushing the fire through the home.

“It just makes everything twice as difficult,” said Strickler. “We are just hitting some hot spots, trying to use some foam and get it knocked down. If there’s anything that’s hidden or still hot, why this wind is going to kick it back up.”

Strickler said the residents were able to make it out safely, but two dogs and a cat died in the fire. He added there’s extensive damage throughout the house and believes it to have been caused by a wood stove.

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