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House fire potentially caused by television remote

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An Alburnett couple questions how their home caught fire Saturday. Firefighters are looking into whether or not it started from a television remote.

The family's living room is unrecognizable, the fire burned the ceiling and charred the walls, all in a matter of 10 minutes.

"Cathy the homeowner was actually only gone 10 minutes and then we called her and she turned around and came back," said Rod Comried, neighbor.

A ten-year-old girl was walking her dog when she saw something and quickly grabbed her dad and Rod.

"Smoke was pouring out of the windows and it started coming out of the roof, but mainly I just saw black smoke pouring out of the house," said Comried.

The two men ran to the home and tried to kick down the door.

"We were worried if anybody was home and we knew they had dogs," said Comried. "We only found the one dog so we were hoping that maybe we could get in and get Ballard, the other dog, but it was too hot."

The men then called the homeowner saying, "You need to come back the house is on fire and she was a mess when she got here, she was really worried about her dog," said Comried.

The fire started in the living room in the center of the home.

"The fire started on a couch, which had a remote tucked down, you know how you lose a remote sometimes?" said Comried. "It was tucked down there."

Firefighters saying the television remote could have sparked the devastating fire.

"It hit home, it's very sad," said Comried. "They are great people and I am sorry they lost their dog, but I am just glad no body was home."

The couple says they are still looking into what caused the fire.

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