Family Displaced After Fire

A fire that was believed to have started inside a dryer displaced a family from a Kenosha home Monday night. Firefighters were called just before 7 to the blaze on 79th Street and 21st Ave. The fire spread from the basement into first floor, but most of the fire, smoke and water damage was confined to the basement. Two men were able to escape the home safely. Inside were two dogs, a cat and six lizards. Firefighters were able to save all but one dog, which perished in the fire. Kenosha Fire Chief Charles Leipzig Jr. said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it is suspected to have started in the dryer. According to a 2012 report from the Federal Bureau of Homeland Security, about 2,900 fires a year are attributed to dryers, with most of those fires occurring in the fall and winter.

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