Couple displaced, 2 dogs dead following Ivins house fire

One of 13 dogs rescued from a house fire in Ivins. Two of the dogs did not survive, Ivins, Utah, May 27, 2019 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

IVINS — An Ivins couple was displaced from their home Monday afternoon due to a fire that also killed two pet dogs.

Firefighters with the Santa Clara-Ivins Fire Department respond to a house fire on 500 South in Ivins, Utah, May 27, 2019 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

The Santa Clara-Ivins Fire Department responded to a structure fire call around 2:30 p.m. in the area of the 500 South cul-de-sac where smoke was seen coming out of the back of the home, Santa Clara-Ivins Fire Capt. Steve Ikuta said.

Firefighters began to attack the fire then moved to retrieving family pets still inside the home as additional units arrived. The couple who lived at the home told firefighters that they had 13 dogs inside the house with them.

Firefighters were able to get the dogs out a few at a time. Many were taken to a next door neighbor’s where they were fenced in for the time being. Other, smaller dogs were wrapped in towels and being held by either friends or family of the dogs’ owners.

One of the smaller dogs was being treated with oxygen with the fire department’s special cone-shaped masks specifically made for pets overwhelmed by smoke, Ikuta said.

Many of the dogs evacuated from a house fire in Ivins were placed in the fenced yard of a next door neighbor as firefighters worked put out the fire. Two of the 13 dogs did not survive the fire, Ivins, Utah, May 27, 2019 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Two of the 13 dogs did not survive the fire, he said.

The fire was out by 3:40 p.m. with firefighters going through the inside and pulling down parts of the ceiling to make sure no hotspots remained.

The origin of the fire is being investigated, Ikuta said.

Due to the fire damage to the home, the couple and their surviving dogs have been displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross to find temporary lodging.

Unlike neighboring cities, Ivins does not have an ordinance restricting the number of dogs residents can own.

This report is based on statements from police or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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