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Four dogs die in Burke Co house fire, firefighters treated at scene for heat issues

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The calendar may say Spring, but two firefighters in Burke County had to be treated for heat-related issues they suffered while fighting a fire Tuesday afternoon.

"It's tough, it's tough," said one firefighter as medics checked his vital signs. The cause of the fire at a home on Sugarloaf Road was an accident, says Fire Marshal Mike Long, though the exact cause has not been determined.

No one was home when it broke out, but four family dogs were trapped inside as the flames spread and smoke became thick. None survived.

Fire crews did what they could to save the structure and keep the flames and embers from spreading to other buildings on the property. One firefighter was seen bending over, then dropping to his knees as the heat got to him.

Officials say it's the combination of carrying 30 pounds of gear, pulling a heavy hose, and wearing thick turnout clothes in the heat that caused the problems Tuesday.

Temperatures were in the upper 80s. In July, that wouldn't be so much of a problem, said EMS Captain Tim Hubbard. But right now, he says, the firefighters are not acclimated to the heat just yet.

One firefighter was treated for mild heat stroke and another for high blood pressure. 

EMS crews were on the scene to check the condition of every firefighter as they took rest breaks. Everyone will be all right, they said.

As for the family who lives in the home, they will have to find another place to live.

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