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UPDATE: Fire Guts Monrovia Home While Owner Was Searching for Her Dog

A fire erupted in a home on Fifth Avenue as the occupant was searching the neighborhood for her dog. The dog was found, but the home appears lost.

A Monrovia home burst into flames Friday afternoon while the owner of the house was searching the neighborhood for her lost dog, police said.

The fire gutted a home on Fifth Avenue just north of Colorado Boulevard in Monrovia near the Arcadia border. The owner was not inside the home when the fire broke out at about 3:30 p.m., Monrovia Police Sgt. Dan Verna said.

"She was not inside the house. She was up the street looking for her dog," Verna said. "We found the dog running up the street."

Monrovia Fire Chief Christopher Donovan said a preliminary investigation determined that the fire was caused by an electrical issue in a closet. The house was a complete loss and he estimated the damage at $250,000.

No one was injured in the blaze, Donovan said.

Cathy McCallum January 26, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Sad. It's so difficult to lose a home that way. You spend a lot of time looking for things you no longer own - that can opener, those scissors...
Ernie Dogs January 26, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Wonder Dog Ranch would like to offer some assistance to these home owners should they need a place to keep their dog while relocating. The dog will need to be current on vaccinations and be able to socialize with other dogs here at the Ranch - call us for details: 626.205.2501 or 855.DOG.RANCH or visit www.wonderdogranch.com
amm January 26, 2013 at 08:51 PM
That is a generous and amazing offer. Kudos to Wonder Dog Ranch!
Laurel Hiestand January 26, 2013 at 09:22 PM
I hope she has good homeowner's insurance! She's going to need her pet to get through this tough time. So glad he was found!
Mrs. Greenfield April 22, 2013 at 04:23 PM
The dog took off because it knew something was up. Maybe it was just scared, maybe it wanted its human companion to run after it out of the house, but either way it just saved that lady's life. I hope she can find somewhere that will take her and her dog in, she needs her furry companion now more than ever.

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