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4 Dogs Die in Sunday House Fire in Rochester Hills

House bulldozed after blaze at 2400 block of W. Auburn Road.

Four dogs died Sunday in a house fire at the 2400 block of W. Auburn Road in Rochester Hills, according to an incident report from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

According to Rochester Hills Fire Chief Ron Crowell, the call came in at 4:30 p.m. Sunday with reports of smoke coming from the basement of the home. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke coming from all the windows and the occupants outside, according to Crowell. Crews attempted to enter the house to extinguish the fire, but were forced to back out due to the amount of items in the house, Crowell reported.  

According to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, the residents of the home, both 61, were able to get out unharmed, but four family dogs were not able to escape and succumbed to the fire. 

Crews from Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills and Rochester responded to the fire, which destroyed the two-story house, Crowell indicated. 

The fire prompted crews to shut down Auburn Road between Crooks and Adams for about five hours, according to Crowell.

Because of the structure being unstable, the house was demolished and a cause hasn't yet been determined, according to Crowell, but he doesn't believe the cause of the fire to be suspicious.

This story has been updated at 8:40 a.m. to include additional information and photos from Rochester Hills Fire Chief Ron Crowell.

Beverly April 16, 2013 at 11:31 AM
No picture is better than an old one...I know what does it matter
John McKay (Editor) April 16, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Beverly, the story has been updated with photos. All Patch stories must include a photo or graphic, so in the absence of a current photo, we'll sometimes run a file photo of a truck from the responding department as a placeholder until we're able to obtain actual photos from the incident.
Patricia April 16, 2013 at 12:57 PM
I feel very sorry for this couple in loosing everything they had, including their beloved dogs. Is there anything we can do to help them? The loss felt has to be tremendous and overwhelming to say the least.
Jason Uphold April 18, 2013 at 01:28 PM
The house in question belongs to my parents (I grew up in that home). My brother-in-law and I were able recover one of the dogs from the rubble, alive, though he did succumb to his injuries Tuesday night.
Patricia April 18, 2013 at 07:23 PM
I am so very sorry Jason. I am sorry the poor dog suffered. But more important, your parents....is something being done for them and are they being cared for? 61 is a fragile age to suffer such a devastating loss--any age is, but older is really hard. They are in our thoughts and prayers-
Jason Uphold April 18, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Thanks so much for your prayers. People have been been so caring and generous. The owner of the nearby Toasted Bun even stopped by to express his sympathy and to extend an offer for them to eat any time at his restaurant free of charge. A nearby hotel has offered them two weeks free stay and other people have donated clothing. They were literally overwhelmed with gratitude. They are emotionally fragile but I think they will be okay.
Crysta April 20, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Jason, I am so sorry to hear about the dogs and your family home. I live across the street. The fire was quite a sight and it breaks my heart to see the rubble that's left. I'm glad your parents weren't hurt, or worse. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.
Jason Uphold April 22, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Crysta, Thanks also for your prayers. I will convey your sentiments to my parents. It's up in the air at this point whether they wil rebuild on-site or sell the property and go elsewhere. I have suggested Tyrone Township (they like rural areas, such as Rochester Hills when we moved there in 1981).

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