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Pets perish in Happy Valley fire
At least three pets perished in a fire in a Happy Valley home that reportedly followed an explosion Saturday evening.
The three occupants of the house were not injured.
According to Clackamas Fire District #1, at 9:32 a.m. on Oct. 10, firefighters responded to a residential fire at 10801 S.E. Tyler Rd. in Happy Valley. The fire was called in by multiple neighbors who also reported an explosion.
When firefighters arrived, they found a single story ranch house heavily involved in fire with flames burning through the roof.
Shortly after arriving, firefighters received reports that the house was occupied and a car was in the driveway. As firefighters worked to extinguish the flames, additional crews performed a search for residents in the uninvolved portion of the structure. Search crews entered the structure through a bedroom window but found no people inside.
Unfortunately two dogs and a cat were removed from the home but did not survive. Two additional cats are unaccounted for.
The fire was declared under control after 33 minutes with assistance from Portland Fire & Rescue.
Three residents have been displaced by the fire and are staying with friends or family.
Although the cause of the fire appears to be accidental, the investigation is ongoing.