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Three dogs die in E'town fire

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Owners away from home when blaze started

By Sarah Bennett

Three dogs were killed Saturday evening in a house fire on Stewart Street in Elizabethtown.

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Elizabethtown Fire Chief Mike Hulsey said firefighters responded at 5:20 p.m. to 517 Stewart St. to find heavy smoke and flames emerging from the back of the house.

Although the dogs were in the home, the three adults who lived in the house were gone, Hulsey said. The neighbors saw the fire and called 911, according to the chief.

Hulsey was not able to provide the names of the residents.

While firefighters were inside the home, they lost water and a flashover occurred, he said. Thankfully, the chief said no one was injured and Central Hardin Fire Department was called for backup because of the water pressure issues.

“That’s a dangerous time for them to be inside,” Hulsey said, “especially without water.”

The department believes the fire originated in the back of the house, he said. The back porch collapsed in the fire.

“It’s in that area,” he said.

An investigation into the cause is ongoing, and EFD’s fire investigator, Jeremy Goodman, was on scene Saturday evening, Hulsey said.

At 6:10 p.m., he said the fire was under control, but the department would be on scene for several hours putting out hot spots.

Though the house was not a total loss, Hulsey said the home and personal belongings were heavily damaged. American Red Cross was called to assist the residents, Hulsey said.

Three trucks and 17 firefighters responded, according to Hulsey. They were assisted on scene by Central Hardin Fire Department and Hardin County EMS.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.