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