Two family pets died in a Friday evening fire that started in a dryer vent in Danville.
It was shortly after 7 p.m. when the Danville Fire Department responded to 126 Ruskin St. When units arrived, they found heavy fire and smoke coming from the back of the 2-story home, a news release reported.
Everyone was already out of the house when firefighters arrived on scene.
The fire was discovered in a laundry room. After it was extinguished, crews found the family’s cat and dog dead inside the home.
The Danville Fire Marshal’s Office ruled the blaze started in a dryer vent.
“Danville Fire Department would like to remind readers to test your smoke alarms monthly and to clean your dryer vents regularly,” James H. Satterfield, a fire captain, said in the news release.
The American Red Cross is helping the five residents who were displaced.
Fire crews remained on the scene for almost three hours.