Update posted at 3:03 p.m.:
(Aurora, Ind.) - An Aurora family is without a home and their pets after a house fire Wednesday morning.
Firefighters were called to 807 W. Conwell Street around 11:40 when drivers on nearby U.S. 50 reported heavy smoke. They arrived to find flames shooting from the home.
Nobody was home at the time.
Aurora Fire Investigator Kendle Davis says the blaze which began in the kitchen was quickly extinguished, but not before three dogs and a bird were killed. Damage to the home is estimated at $60,000.
A cause of the fire remains under investigation, but Davis said it appears to be accidental.
The home belongs to a family of five, a single mother and her four children – an 11-year-old boy, seven-year-old twin girls, and a six-year-old boy. They have been taken in by relatives.
Donations, especially clothing, can be dropped off at the Aurora Fire Department, 5950 Dutch Hollow Road.
The Aurora Fire Department was assisted at the scene by departments from Lawrenceburg, Dillsboro, Greendale, and Hogan Township.
Original story posted at 11:48 a.m.:
(Aurora, Ind.) - Firefighters are rushing to the scene of a structure fire in Aurora.
A home at the Aurora end of Lower Dillsboro Road near U.S. 50 was reported with visible flames at about 11:40 a.m.
It’s unclear if anybody was in the home or injured.
Fire departments from Aurora, Hogan Township, and Moores Hill are battling that blaze.
Heavy smoke is wafting onto nearby U.S. 50 and could decrease visibility.
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