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A Forest Grove Fire spokesman said crews were able to protect the interior of the 'beautiful old home.'

COURTESY PHOTO: FOREST GROVE FIRE & RESCUE - A house in Forest Grove bears signs of significant fire damage after an early-morning Tuesday blaze.Several rabbits were reported as casualties of a house fire on University Avenue in Forest Grove early Tuesday morning, April 10.

Dave Nemeyer, a division chief and spokesman for Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, told the News-Times that crews responded to the fire at about 2 a.m. They were able to protect the interior of the home, but an unknown number of rabbits living in the garage died.

Firefighters found that "the fire was actually mostly in a detached garage building behind the home, but that the heat from this had spread to the beautiful old home," Nemeyer wrote in an email.

The cause of the fire is still unknown, but investigators believe it may have originated with a heat lamp used for the rabbits, Nemeyer said.

The family living inside the home was able to evacuate safely before firefighters arrived on the scene, according to Nemeyer.

By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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