BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC (WTOC) - Nine pets have been killed in a house fire in the Lowcountry.
The Burton Fire District responded Tuesday morning to Oak Bluff Court for a mobile home fire. Fire investigators say the cause of this fire is from a heating lamp being too close to combustibles.
The family was not home at the time of the fire, but when they got here, they learned that their animals passed away in the fire. Burton Fire says five dogs, two cats and two hedgehogs were in the home at the time of the fire.
“It’s a young couple, and they are in stock right now. Those dogs were a part of their family and it’s just like losing a child, so they are very much in shock right now and they are very traumatized,” said Daniel Byrne, Burton Fire.
Officials say heating lamps are often used to keep small pets warm.
“It’s getting cold outside, and these are some of the deadliest months in the nation on South Carolina for fires. There is a general rule when it comes to heating. If it has heat, three feet, so anything that generates heat-portable electric heaters, lights, lamps, candles, so anything that generates heat needs to be three feet from anything that is combustible."
A firefighter was injured from falling through the floor and is being check out at a clinic.
Burton Fire said they do not know if the home had working smoke detectors because the home was already heavily damaged when they were putting the fire out. They say even though only one side of the home was heavily-damaged, the home is considered a total loss.
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