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9 dogs killed in Colerain fire

(PHOTO: Colerain Fire Department) (PHOTO: Colerain Fire Department)

Nine dogs died in a large fire that destroyed a home on Sheits Road near Blue Rock Road late Wednesday, fire officials said.

Crews responded to the home, which also operates as a dog training business, around 10 p.m.

Four of the dogs killed belonged to other people and were staying at the house for training, fire officials said. The homeowner lost five of his own dogs in the fire.

Flames were already shooting through the roof when crews arrived on scene, said Captain Steve Fortunski.

"The roof collapsed into the main portion of the house and the back of the structure actually collapsed as well," said Captain Steve Fortunski. "It's a very unsafe environment right now."

Fire officials are still investigating the cause. Fortunski said a tree about a block away from the home fell earlier in the day and knocked down a set of electrical lines.

"Duke (Energy) was just there an hour earlier," he said. "We don't want to speculate, but those are the facts."

There also are no fire hydrants to supply water on that street, so crews had to keep refilling pumper trucks to douse flames.

Damage to the home and contents is estimated at $170,000, officials said. The two-bedroom home is valued at $106,800.

A total of 45 fire personnel were on scene about three hours. They were assisted by from several neighboring fire agencies. Harrison firefighters and ones from Green, Crosby, Ross, Miami, Morgan and Whitewater townships all responded.

The home's address turns up in business listings as Stay Good Dogs Dog Behavior Training.

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