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Family mourning after fire devastates Frenchtown home, kills 4 pets Wednesday afternoon

Published: Mar. 10, 2021 at 7:43 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - A family in Tallahassee’s Frenchtown neighborhood is mourning the loss of their beloved house pets after a fire broke out in the back of the home Wednesday afternoon.

The family says their four pets, two cats and two dogs, died from smoke inhalation.

No humans were injured, but it was a really a heartbreak for the family.

The Tallahassee Fire Department told WCTV’s Katie Kaplan that the home was a total loss.

One of the family members said they had recently relocated to Tallahassee from Illinois and have been trying to make ends meet.

Wednesday, they left the house to go to the store for just a fire minutes when the fire broke out in the house near the deck where the homeowner had a washer and dryer hooked up.

Jamarcus Smith, one of the tenants, said, “We just stepped out for just a moment and the most happened. We lost two cats, two dogs. The biggest thing ever...those are my babies.”

The three children have lost most of their belongings and will need new clothes, the family says.

The Red Cross of North Florida was called in to help the family with temporary housing.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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