Home damaged, four dogs killed in Lufkin fire

The fire happened in the 400 block of Whitehouse Drive.
Published: Sep. 2, 2022 at 2:06 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 2, 2022 at 6:30 PM CDT

LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Four dogs died in a house fire in Lufkin Friday.

The fire happened in the 400 block of Whitehouse Drive around 11:53 a.m.

According to Jessica Pebsworth, communications director for the City of Lufkin, the fire is believed to have started in the attic. Firefighters had a ladder and busted out a window to the attic to get to the fire. Firefighters initially fought the fire from the inside and upon entering the front door, found four dogs that had succumbed to smoke inhalation. CPR was attempted but it was not successful. The family’s pet hedgehog was also killed in the incident. The family was not home at the time.

The fire was called under control at 1:09 p.m. Pebsworth said that after speaking with the fire marshal, it appears the fire began in a downstairs bedroom, but the exact origin is unknown. The fire is not suspicious in nature and will be declared accidental.

Whitehouse Drive is currently blocked from Oak Hollow Street to Tulane Drive.

“Please say a prayer for this family as they lost their fur babies - Moose, a favorite among the neighbors, Mijo, Stormy, and Piper,” Pebsworth said.