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Four displaced, three dogs die in Newberry Township fire


Four people were displaced by a fire that killed three dogs in Newberry Township on Tuesday, Aug. 28, according to a fire official.

Newberry Township Fire Chief Gary Hatterer Jr. said a small two-story home in the 400 block of Old Quaker Road was damaged by the afternoon fire.

Hatterer said two dogs died in the fire and a third died after it was recovered. 

The chief said there were two adults in the home at the time of the fire. They were upstairs, he said, and one of them came downstairs and found smoke.

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Hatterer said the resident called the fire in, and when fire officials arrived they found heavy smoke coming from the first floor.

The chief said the cause of the fire is still under investigation but that it doesn't seem to be suspicious. Hatterer said the fire started on the first floor.

According to the chief, it took about 45 minutes for 20 to 25 firefighters to extinguish the fire. 

Two children who lived at the home were displaced as well, though they were not home during the fire, the chief said. 

He said officials still need to establish the total loss, but it could be upward of $125,000. 

The chief said the first floor had fire damage and the second floor had heavy smoke damage. 

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