Pets lost in house fire

Several pets died in a house fire in Sterling Wednesday morning.

Central Emergency Services responded to a residential fire at 10:35 a.m. on Barbara Street off Mile 82 of the Sterling Highway.

Crews arrived within 10 minutes to find a two-story house emitting smoke but didn’t find any occupants inside, according to a press release from CES Health and Safety Officer Brad Nelson.

Firefighters had the fire under control in 15 minutes and extinguished in 30 minutes. Nobody was injured in the fire, but CES reported that several pets were lost.

Investigation revealed the fire originated from the kitchen downstairs. The value of the home is assessed at $153,000 with an estimated $60,000 in damage. The home is not considered a loss, according to the release.

— Dan Balmer

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