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House fire could have been started by the two dogs it killed

Posted at 10:08 PM, Aug 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-31 22:08:34-04

FORT MYERS, Fla., -- Two Labrador dogs were killed in a structure fire, Friday. Investigators say it was most likely the dogs who caused it after getting on top of an electric stove looking for food. A local veterinarian says pet-proofing homes is important for dog owners. 

“They knocked over the lamps that were turned on, left on, and started an apartment fire," said Dr. Jonathan Levine at Specialized Veterinary Services describing the moment his father's cats had died. 

Levine says he has felt the experience personally and wants owners to take more time proofing their houses. He says he sees many cases where owners will leave electric cords, stoves on, lamps on, medications out and even food. 

“Just spend a few extra minutes just to go back and make sure everything was shut off," said Levine. "Puppies just like baby proofing is another thing where you dog proof your house.” 

The owners declined an interview with Fox 4. They said, "It's been a very tough day." The fire is still under investigation.