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Homeowner loses dog in house fire

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

It's been a tough couple of days for a north Spokane woman after she lost her dog in a fire that destroyed part of her home. She says she's grateful she wasn't home when it broke out.

Early Monday morning firefighters dealing with freezing temperatures worked to put out the fire. Nikita Gilbert was at her job working with disabled adults and wasn't home at the time, but unfortunately her dog cinnamon, who she calls her best friend, was. The fire caused extensive damage to the home but Nikita says she will be able to stay with family until she is able to get it repaired.

Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer says house fires this time of year are not only challenging, but can be deadly.

Schaeffer says this is a good reminder to:

  • Avoid using other heating sources like an oven, or burning garbage in a fire place
  • Use space heaters safely and keep them a safe distance away from things that could catch fire
  • Have your chimney inspected to make sure it is safe to use.

The Spokane Fire Department says they want to prevent tragedy and not have to respond to it, so they're offering to install smoke alarms in your home for free. Just give them a call or check out their Facebook page for more information.

 If you'd like to help Nikita, a GoFundMe page has been set up here.

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