Two Dogs Killed in Hagerstown House Fire

Published 02/23 2014 05:29AM

Updated 02/24 2014 05:02PM

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office is actively investigating the cause of a house fire that took the lives of two dogs. 

It happened around 12:30 a.m. Sunday at 226 East Franklin Street in Hagerstowm.

Neighbors say they heard a loud explosion around that time.

As of Monday afternoon, fire officials say they cannot confirm if there was actually an explosion, but are actively looking into the cause. It took crews about 30 minutes to put the flames out.

The fire marshal says there is extensive damage to the inside the home, particularly the first floor.

No one was home when the incident occurred. The Humane Society of Washington County also responded to the scene to recover the deceased dogs until arrangements could be made by the family. 

Authorities have contacted the Red Cross to assist the family.

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