Raymond home destroyed by fire

No people were hurt in a house fire in Raymond Monday morning, but two pit bulls died and the house and all its contents were completely destroyed.

A 37-year-old man and 26-year-old woman living in a house on the 1000 block of Mill Street in Raymond were safely evacuated, but their home was fully involved when the Raymond Fire Department arrived on scene, with fire coming out of the front of the house as well as the back bedrooms, Chief Todd Strozyk reported.

Firefighters were on scene at 9:50 a.m. and had the fire under control in about 17 minutes, but stayed on scene putting out hot spots. Eleven firefighters responded.

“It extended up to the attic, and that structure had a metal roof on it over some other roofing, which really makes it difficult to put out totally,” Strozyk said.

A Pacific County Sheriff’s Office fire investigator was on scene to assist, and the preliminary investigation suggests the fire “may have been caused by a cigarette smoldering inside a couch,” Strozyk said.