UPDATE: Family loses home and pet in fire
A family in the Kanawha County community of Rand is trying to piece together what happened after their house caught on fire just after they left for work Monday afternoon.
Debbie and Darrell Smith had three dogs that were trapped inside of their home. Firefighters from Malden and Rand volunteer fire departments were able to get all of the dogs out of the house, but one didn't survive.
The fire started in the kitchen. There is smoke damage and ash throughout the house, but Rand Fire Chief Bill White says the damage could have been worse.
"When somebody calls 911 to report a house fire, in most areas of the county, it's kind of like a lottery, White said. "You take what you have, do with what you have. A lot of times things work out, and today things worked out."
White says because they are a volunteer fire department, delay response times can happen. But since Monday is Veteran's Day, more firefighters were able to come in and help out.
The Smith family has a lot more questions and worries right now than answers, but says they are still thankful.
"Other than the loss of one of our pets, you know, that nobody else was injured," Debbie Smith said. "It could have been a lot worse. It could have happened at night when we were sleeping."
The cause of the fire is still unknown. It remains under investigation.
A pet tragically died in a fire Monday afternoon in Rand.
A home in the 5600 block of Starling Drive caught fire.
Flames were already coming out of the home by the time firefighters arrived.
Investigators believe the fire started in a back room.
Firefighters were able to rescue two of the family's three dogs.
There is no word yet on a cause.
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