Family loses pet in house fire

Family loses pet in house fire

YUMA, Ariz. – A pet rabbit is dead after two adults and five children woke up to a fire in their home.

Yuma Fire Department (YFD) officials say one of the five children who lives in the home smelled smoke Wednesday morning. The kid told the rest of the family.

Both adults and all five children were able to get out of the house safely. However, one of the adults went back into the house several times to rescue pets.

When the fire department showed up to the house, which is on Eight Avenue near Second Street, they were able to rescue one rabbit but a second rabbit ended up dying.

YFD officials strongly suggest to never re-enter a burning building once you’ve exited safely.

The house unfit to be re-occupied due to the damage done by the flames and smoke. The family is getting help from the American Red Cross.

Fire officials say the cause of fire in still under investigation.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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