Family Pet Dies in Fort Worth Fire

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    A Fort Worth family says their dog was killed in a fire Thursday morning. (Published Thursday, Jun 13, 2013)

    A Fort Worth family says their dog was killed in a fire Thursday morning.

    Antonio Lewis said he was asleep at about 5:30 a.m. in the home in the 4200 block of Littlejohn Street when he woke up and saw flames coming from a wall plug where an air conditioning unit was plugged in.

    Within a few minutes, the flames were three to five feet tall and engulfing the room.

    "It was probably about a 3-foot flame," Lewis said. "I tried to put it out, but, when I tried to put it out, it spread up the wall. Then it went into the ceiling, and we just had to get out of there."

    Lewis and his wife got out of the home, but the family dog was trapped inside and died.

    The couple wasn't injured. Lewis said their children were away visiting relatives.

    The front part of the home is a complete loss and other areas are damaged with smoke.  The couple said they are insured, though a damage estimate has not been released.

    Firefighters said the fire has been ruled accidental.

    The American Red Cross is assisting the family.