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updated: 8/11/2011 5:19 PM

Pet dies in Mount Prospect apartment fire

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Mount Prospect authorities continue to investigate the cause of an apartment fire that killed one of the residents' pet dogs on Wednesday night.

The fire broke out in a second-floor apartment on the 1700 block of Forest Cove Drive. The residents of the apartment, a man and a woman, had just arrived home shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday to find smoke coming from inside. They exited the building and called the fire department.

Firefighters arrived on the scene at 9:08 p.m. and had the fire put out within 11 minutes, Fire Chief John Malcolm said. The fire was contained to the kitchen area, but smoke had filled the entire unit, he said.

The residents had three dogs and firefighters were able to save two of them.

No other injuries were reported, though the woman who lived in the apartment was taken to Northwest Community Healthcare in Arlington Heights to be checked out for stress-related issues, Malcolm said. Malcolm said the fire caused about $30,000 in damage and left the unit and the one directly below it uninhabitable. He said the residents of both had places to stay nearby.

The fire is still under investigation.

"There's nothing suspicious about it," Malcolm said. "We just haven't uncovered the precise cause yet."

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