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Investigators still searching for cause of house fire

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The cause of a Grass Valley house fire that resulted in the loss of a family pet remains under investigation. Nevada County officials are still trying to find out why a Creek View Drive home was destroyed by fire Thursday night. Vern Canon, Nevada County Consolidated Fire District battalion chief, said crews were able to leave the site at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday night after receiving a 911 call reporting the blaze at about 7 p.m. Six engines and three water tenders responded to the emergency about 12 minutes after the call, Canon said. Canon said the family was not home when the fire broke out. Instead, he said one of the members returned to find the house on fire. Canon said one of the family members approached the burning house and broke a window in an attempt to free one of the family pets. A woman interviewed at the scene Thursday said the family had three cats, a bird and three dogs. Canon said authorities confirmed one dog died as a result of the blaze. He said a couple of the cats are missing but it is unclear whether or not they survived. He said fortunately there were no injuries. Canon said he does not advise homeowners to approach their dwelling if it’s on fire. He said it’s best to leave the home closed. “If it’s closed up, hopefully the fire will be starved for oxygen and we can get there and safely put it out,” Canon said. “Once you give it oxygen, that’s all it needs to burn freely.” - Jenifer Gee