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Nine residents escape, six puppies die in Vancouver fire

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

Nine residents and several pets escaped a house fire in southwest Vancouver Saturday afternoon, but fire officials said another 6 puppies died in the smoke.

The Vancouver Fire Department was dispatched to the fire at 900 W 16th Street at around 1 p.m.

Residents were able to get themselves and a few pets out, but a spokesman for the department said firefighters rescued several other pets and revived a cat trapped in the house. A few of the puppies were saved, but six others did not make it.

According to the Red Cross, all nine residents are displaced.

“I woke up to smelling electrical wire burning,” resident Jerry Hall said. “It’s my whole life’s history going up in there, but what can you say? At least I’m alive.”

“I’m sorry that we had to lose some puppies,” Hall said. “But we got all the family out, that’s what mattered to me.”

While Hall stood in the street, a firefighter brought out a cat and placed it in his arms.

“They resuscitated her,” Hall said of the cat. “We thought she was dead and they brought her back to life.”

The fire department has not yet released the cause of the fire.

The surviving pets include dogs, cats and a parrot named ‘Lucky.’

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