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hunting dogs perish in fire

Monday, November 13, 2017 13:51 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

A hunting dog and her five puppies died in a fire near Michigan City linked to a wood burning stove.

Anthony White, 26, and Kendra Walter, 21, along with their two young children made it safely out of the home at 3156 W. U.S 20.

White said he couldn't get back inside to try and rescue the german short haired pointers.

''The flames were too much and I couldn't get them out,'' said White.

White said he had the hunting dogs to retrieve ducks and coon he would try and shoot but hadn't gone hunting much lately since having young children and a third one on the way.

He and his family are temporarily living in a house trailer until they recover from losing practically everything.

LaPorte County Police fire investigator Mike Raymer said the fire just before 3 a.m. Saturday appears to have started inside the chimney pipe of a wood burning stove in the attached garage.

Creosote from the burning of wood builds up on the walls of the flue and this stove pipe apparently wasn't swept free of the flammable coal ash like material as recommended prior to the start of the heating season, he said.

Raymer said flames or heat emitting from the metal exhaust pipe caught the wood in the rafters of the attached garage on fire.

''It was just too plugged up and that's what caused the fire to start,'' said Raymer.

The flames were contained to the garage and breezeway.

Heavy smoke filtering into the residence and, perhaps, heat melting some of the family's belongings containing plastic inside the home overcame the dogs.

White said he was renting the home but in the process of buying it after doing extensive remodeling.

''There was just no chance of getting anything else out of there,'' said White