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Newlyweds lose home and beloved dog in fire

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

Newlyweds lose their home and beloved dog in a terrible house fire Tuesday night. It’s possible, investigators say, it could all be because of a kitchen appliance you might never expect.

The young family is now without a place to call home just one month after welcoming their first baby.

2015 was a big year for the Wheelocks. They got married, welcomed their sweet baby Sawyer to the world and began building a life together in what was once their grandfather’s home.

“It’s just a lot of joy, having a kid is a blessing on my heart,” said Kyle Wheelock.  “He’s brought an abundance of joy to our lives.”

“We just had the whole house redone, new carpet, new hardwood flooring and new appliances in the kitchen,” he added.  “Our house was warm and comfortable, we were going to start a farm there and enjoy a long life raising our kids.”

So, when Rebekah Wheelock came home Tuesday and discovered their home was on fire, it was almost too much to bear. And to make it all worse, their beloved dog Riley, 2, didn't survive.

“I think that was the hardest part, finding Riley like that.  I opened up the door to pull Riley out and the fire started spreading everywhere. By the time firefighters got there, it was pretty much gone,” said Rebekah Wheelock.

It took fire crews some 20 minutes to reach the couple's home because it was so far out in rural Cherry Grove.  Reception was so bad, crews say they even had difficulty talking to each other on their radios.

Now, it seems one of those new appliances the couple had installed might have sparked the whole blaze. While it’s all still under investigation, crews say it appears the fire started in, or around the dishwasher.  Something fire crews say is rare, but can happen.

“It’s just hard to get over, we were just talking about it today and it hit me hard,” said Kyle Wheelock.

The newlyweds say they lost everything except for the clothes on their back and each other.  They are now staying with family and figuring out what to do next with the help of their small town.

“Just being able to have family and friends and the community around us, it’s great.  People don’t even know us and they’re giving to us, it’s wonderful to know there’s people out there who care,” said Kyle Wheelock.

If you want to help the family during this difficult time visit: https://www.gofundme.com/cxhusuft

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