JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a house fire that sent two elderly people to the hospital and killed a dog Tuesday morning.
Firefighters responded to a fire at a home in the 12400 block of Toucan Drive around 9:30 Tuesday morning, according to Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department personnel at the scene.
It took 35-40 firefighters approximately 45 minutes to get the fire at the single-story home under control. When the fire was out, the home was gutted on the inside and damage estimates are in excess of $100,000.
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Rescue personnel transported two elderly people to Baptist Hospital Downtown with life threatening injuries, officials at the scene said.
Firefighters also saved several cats from the home. A dog did not survive.
The names of the two elderly people have not yet been released.
Robert Stevens with the Florida Division ofState Fire Marshal saidit appears the blaze started in the garage or attic above the garage.