Fire destroys home, kills pet while family on vacation

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GILBERT - A Valley family on vacation will return to find they have lost their home and their dog.

Belongings destroyed

Fire ripped through a house near Gilbert and Elliot early Thursday morning and the family dog did not make it out on time. It took 35-firefighters to knock down the flames.

Smoke destroyed all of the family's belongings but firefighters say the family is lucky they were not home.

Josh Friedman, a fire investigator, tells 3TV, "Very fortunate that no one was home. There are three kids that live in the house and had they been home there could've been a different outcome."

Fire officials say it is unclear where the fire started but it moved through the house and up to the attic.

The cause remains under investigation.