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Four dogs die in house fire


BEAR CREEK – Four family pets perished in a house fire that witnesses said started in a tool shed and garage and quickly spread to a house located on Pickering in southwest San Jacinto County. Homeowner Catherin Evans said she believes her home could have been saved if the first fire truck on the scene had been carrying water. "Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department was the first on the scene but they didn't have any water with them," Evans said with tears in her eyes. Cleveland's assistant fire chief reportedly said the truck was carrying 1,000 gallons of water and firefighters had to apply water to a threatened adjacent home to prevent it from catching fire. Evans said when she learned that the shed and garage was on fire and flames coming toward the house she shouted to her husband, Roland, to get out. "When I opened the back door, I couldn't breathe because of the smoke and flames," Evans said. "We were unable to get four of our dogs out of the house before it was engulfed." Numerous volunteer fire departments showed up on the scene, battling the flames in near triple digit hot weather. The fire is believed to have started around noon. The flames were brought under control by 3 p.m.; however, volunteer firemen stayed on the scene dousing the embers with water to keep flames from flaring up again. Among the volunteer fire departments on the scene were Cleveland, Bear Creek, Shepherd, New Caney, Tarkington, Splendora and Punkin-Evergreen


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