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UPDATE: 3 dogs, 2 cats die in Superior house fire

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6/27 12:21 p.m. UPDATE-- The Superior Fire Department battled a structure fire at a duplex in Superior Friday evening.

When crews arrived just after 7 p.m. heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear, spreading to nearby structures.

Crews remained on scene for five hours extinguishing hotspots and were able to contain the fire to the building of origin.

All residents were able to get out of the building safely with no injuries, but three dogs and 2 cats died in the residence due to smoke inhalation.

Damage is estimated to be $70,000.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Mayo Ambulance, Wisconsin State Patrol, Superior Police, and Superior Water, Light, and Power assisted Superior Fire in this incident.

SUPERIOR, WI -- Superior firefighters battled smoke and flames Friday evening at a home in Superior.

The Superior Fire Department was called to the neighborhood of 6th street and Grand Avenue just after 7 p.m.

When crews arrived they found visible smoke and flames coming from the back, upper level of the building.

Firefighters began attacking the flames from the ground and above with a ladder truck.

A smoke plume could be seen for miles.

Surrounding homes had minimal water and smoke damage.

According to fire officials the flames were contained to the home.

"At this point we have significant fire damage to the upper level of the structure and significant water damage to the lower level. We're making a determination as to the structural integrity and the amount of a loss at this point," said Battalion Chief Bob Zimmerman.

No one was home at the time of the fire.

Crews say they believe some pets died but don't know how many at this time.

As of 9:30 p.m. crews were still on scene working to put out hot spots.

The cause is under investigation.

Reporter Anthony Matt

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