Phoenix house fire displaces family, service dogs

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- A family and their two service dogs were displaced after a fire tore through their west Phoenix home Saturday night.

Christopher Scogin said he and his family left to get dinner and diapers around 4:30 p.m. and returned around 7 p.m. to find fire crews surrounding their burning home.

"The first thing we checked on was to see if the dogs were around because we have two service animals," he said.

Their wolf malmute mix, Tyson, and Great Dane, Bling, escaped from the home, and a neighbor held onto them.

"The dogs are super important to us. I mean, they're like our family. Before we had a baby, they were our kids," Scogin said. "It was a horrifying thought that they were in the house when it caught fire and they could have been burned to death."

Scogin said the home is a total loss and he no longer has renter's insurance. He said his wife lost her job and they cut the insurance from their expenses about four months ago.

Scogin is an audio engineer, and his home studio had significant water damage.

The home near 51st Avenue and McDowell Road was also burglarized about a year ago, shortly after the family moved in, Scogin said.

"I don't know what we're going to do, honestly," he said.

The American Red Cross has been assisting the family.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.