Family pets killed in early morning house fire - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Family pets killed in early morning house fire

CHENEY, Wash. – Four people were able to escape a Sunday morning house fire that killed two family cats in the home located in the 900 block of Moyer Street.

The Cheney Fire Department says the fire started in the basement just after 2:30 a.m. Sunday.  Two teenagers in the home reportedly tried to transfer gasoline in a utility sink in the basement within a very close proximity to a pilot light for a water heater.  The pilot light ignited the fumes causing an explosion.

The two teenagers suffered minor burns to their legs and arms.  They escaped the home along with two other family members.

A dog, two turtles and a cat survived the fire, but two of the family's pet cats died as a result of the fire.

The Red Cross is assisting the displaced family.

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