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Family of 5 displaced after kitchen fire

Indian River County Fire Rescue [FILE]

GIFFORD — A family of five was displaced after a kitchen fire spread heavy smoke throughout their residence late Monday, fire rescue crews said. Firefighters were able to save three dogs from the flames.

No injuries were reported, fire rescue officials said.

The fire ignited on the stove about 9 p.m. at the home off 42nd Street and 20th Avenue, north of 41st Street, Indian River County Battalion Chief Joe Kovaleski said. The flames spread from the stove to the ceiling.

A woman and her four children, ages 12-to-19, evacuated the residence before fire crews arrived. Firefighters ran in the home and saved three dogs still inside, Kovaleski said.

Fire crews quickly extinguished the flames. But, the smoke had already spread throughout the residence, making it uninhabitable, Kovaleski said.

Red Cross South Florida Region was assisting the family with emergency financial assistance. The state fire marshal was investigating the cause of the blaze.


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