Ten Dogs Die in Maryland Fire

Around 100 firefighters worked to extinguish the flames.


TUSCARORA, Md. --

Ten dogs perished in a house fire in Tuscarora, Md., Thursday morning.

The fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. on the 700 block of Chick Road.

James Pelger, who owns the home, was inside when the fire started. Pelger and firefighters tried to save several dogs without putting themselves in danger, but managed to only save one. Fire crews feared various parts of the home could collapse.

Animals officials had to give the dog oxygen, but that animal later died.

Officials from the Frederick County Emergency Communications said the fire took nearly three hours, and took almost 100 firefighters, including crews from four different counties and two states, to extinguish the flames.

Fire crews said they had the fire contained after an hour, but could not fully put out the blaze due to a lack of fire hydrants in the area.

Fire officials said an electrical issue may be to blame. Electrical crews had been working in the area after the power went out Wednesday night.

Fire officials estimate $350,000 in damages, and have said the home is beyond repair.


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