Residents of a home on Lebanon Road lost their home, four dogs and a cat to a house fire Thursday morning.
Collinsville firefighters were called to a home in the 6900 block of Lebanon Road at 9:55 a.m. Thursday, but the house was “well-involved” in flame upon their arrival, according to Lt. David Bennett of the Collinsville Fire Department. Firefighters had to fight it from the outside, as it was not safe to enter, and the building was destroyed by the flames, he said.
There was one person home when the fire was detected, but she was not injured, Bennett said. Other residents arrived later upon news of the fire, and become quite upset about the pets trapped in the house, Bennett said.
“I did make the call for the police, because the occupants were trying to get back in to save their dogs,” Bennett said. “We couldn’t stop them, and I didn’t want them to die. ... They were upset, and I certainly understand that.”
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Four dogs and one cat were killed in the fire, Bennett said. The names of the residents were not released, but Bennett said the American Red Cross has offered them assistance.
Firefighters were on the scene until 1:30 p.m., Bennett said. The Collinsville Fire Department received mutual aid assistance from Fairview Heights, Caseyville and Maryville fire departments, the State Park Fire District and ambulance assistance from Glen Carbon Fire District.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known and is under investigation. However, Bennett said there did not appear to be anything suspicious about the fire.
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