UPDATED: Buhl home unlivable following fire, claims pets' lives

BUHL, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — UPDATE (2/17):
A Sunday night fire has displaced a Buhl family and claimed the lives of three of their pets.

Buhl Fire Chief Andrew Stevens said the fire originated from an outlet in the living room of the home located on the 900 block of Poplar Street. The fire went up the wall into the attic. The home sustained significant damage to the living room, upstairs bedroom and attic.

Stevens said the home is unlivable. The homeowners were not at home at the time of the fire and crews were called in by a passerby at about 7 p.m.

When fire crews arrived, they were able find one of the family’s dogs and reunite it with the family.

“Every time something like this happens, we remind people to have working smoke detectors,” Stevens said. “I didn’t hear any smoke detectors going off."

The KanakA Bistro in Buhl has offered to take donations to help the family. They business is located at 125 South Broadway.

INITIAL STORY (2/16):
A family is searching for their pets following a house fire in Buhl Sunday night.

Crews responded to the 900 block of Poplar Street after a call came in around 7 p.m.

Buhl Fire, Magic Valley Paramedics, Buhl Police and Buhl QRU all responded.

Sadly crews discovered a deceased cat, but successfully rescued another pet.

The homeowner was not home at the time of the blaze.

Thomas Higgins, a firefighter and EMT with Buhl Fire explained, "we started with a transitional attack, we had enough personnel on scene to establish a routine and then had an interior attack. At that time, we were more focused on extinguishing the fire, thankfully we were able to rescue one dog, get it out on time and that dog is safe with the family."

Higgins wants to thank all of the crews for their quick response.

The missing pets are listed as a cat, unknown description, and a small brown dog, such as a chihuahua.

The cause is under investigation. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available to us.