House, duplex near Puyallup heavily damaged by fire

Staff photographerAugust 7, 2013 

Central Pierce Fire & Rescue responded Wednesday morning to a fire in the 6800 block of 132nd Street Court East near Puyallup.

It was called in around 11 a.m. as a brush fire, but the first battalion chief on the scene upgraded the call-out to two alarms after the small fire reached a duplex and nearby house.

Nobody was hurt in the blaze, but the duplex and home were heavily damaged. Firefighters did rescue a family pet -- a dog named Shorty -- and gave him water and a quick checkup.

A neighbor told fire crews the pup was inside, and firefighters rescued the dog and reunited him with his owner.

"She was very, very happy," Assistant Chief Ed Hrivnak said. "She said her main concern was that her dog was safe -- that the property can be replaced, but her dog cannot."

Crews recommended two other dogs, rescued by their owners, be taken to a veterinarian. One suffered minor burns and the other was overheated. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Staff writer Alexis Krell contributed to this report.

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