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Three Dogs Die in Fire That Destroys Home in Cheswold

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CHESWOLD, Del. (WBOC)- Fire destroyed a Kent County home Tuesday morning. The family living there made it out unhurt, but three of its dogs did not survive.

It was around 9 a.m. when the fire began inside Carol Achuff's home on New Street in Cheswold.

"We were all in the house," she said. "I heard a bunch of commotion. I heard my husband screaming. When I went into the kitchen to get to my bedroom, he was trying to kick the bedroom door out to get out. When I opened the door, a whole wall was on fire."

Achuff says she then ran across the street to her nephew's house and called 911. By the time firefighters arrived, the fire had spread.

"Upon arrival, they had very heavy fire showing on the first floor and very heavy smoke showing from the rest of the structure," said Steve Martin, a past chief of the Cheswold Fire Department.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office says the home did not have working smoke detectors. Firefighters from seven departments were on-scene throughout the morning. They had the fire under control by around 10:45.

"Three of our little dogs were in the house that we lost. Of course, we lost everything," said Achuff.

Lisa Miller is Achuff's sister. She lived in the home, too.

"I'm just so devastated," Miller said. "Everything we own is gone, just gone. I don't know what we're going to do."

"It's all a big dream, " said Achuff. "My whole house is gone. I never thought this would ever happen to me. But thank God my family got out. That's all I'm worried about."

The State Fire Marshal's Office is estimating damages at $125,000. There's no word yet on a cause. Officials say a home next door also sustained minor heat damage in the fire.

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