A Hickory family’s pet died Thursday in a house fire.
The dog was inside the house, located at 1959 16th St. NE in Hickory, when a fire broke out in the basement.
No one was at home when the fire started, but one of the residents returned home at 10:07 a.m. and smelled smoke, said Terri Byers with the Hickory Fire Department.
Thirteen Hickory firefighters arrived on the scene with two engines, one ladder truck and one command vehicle. They found flames in the basement, as well as smoke and heat damage on the first floor.
A water pipe in the basement burst from the heat, and water spewing from the pipe helped contain the flames, Byers said.
The fire was under control by 10:18 a.m., and firefighters used ventilation fans to remove smoke from the remainder of the house.
Hickory Police Department and Catawba County EMS also responded to the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Byers estimated damage inside the house was “heavy.”
“If you look at if from the outside it doesn’t really look like there’s much damage,” Byers said. “But the family won’t be able to stay there for awhile.”
Firefighters helped the family bury the dog, but there were no human injuries during the fire.