NORMAL (HOI) - Two dogs died in a house fire late Tuesday morning in the Ironwood subdivision in northeast Normal.
Normal firefighters said the homeowner was not at the house when a neighbor called 911 reporting smoke coming from the residence at 713 Clairidge Drive, which is a two-story duplex.
The fire department said crews found the fire on the main level of the home near the kitchen. They rescued two dogs, who were unresponsive. Efforts to revive the animals failed, firefighters said.
The fire department reported heavy fire damage near the kitchen and heavy smoke damage throughout the house. There was no damage to the other half of the duplex, the fire department said.
“Even though there was very little visible damage from the outside, there was a significant fire with a lot of heat and smoke inside. As tightly as homes are built nowadays, it can take a while for smoke to be visible from the outside of the home,” Fire Chief Mick Humer said in a prepared statement.
“If you think you smell smoke or hear smoke alarms sounding from a neighbors house, please don’t hesitate to call 911 so we can check it out,” the chief also said.
Fire investigators are working to determine the origin and cause of the fire.