Firefighters find body, rescue dog following Renton house fire

Renton, Wash. January 8, 2016. KOMO PHOTOS.

RENTON, Wash. -- One person was killed, and a pet was saved after a fire broke out in a Renton home Friday night.

Firefighters were called to the 300 block of Factory Avenue at about 9:15 p.m. and found the home fully engulfed in flames, according to officials from the Renton Fire Department.

It's unclear how or where the fire started, but it quickly spread to the first and second floor, as well as the attic. The fire damaged the building's structural integrity, which made it difficult for firefighters to enter the building, according to Deputy Fire Chief Erik Wallgren.

When firefighters did get into the building, they found a body in one of the rooms.

A 4-year-old Yorkshire terrier was also pulled from the burning house. He was traumatized at first, firefighters said, and tried to lash out as they tried to help him.

BluePearl Animal Hospital reports the dog survived the fire and is doing well. Firefighters nicknamed the dog "Cujo" following the ordeal, but "Killer" is actually what the dog's true name is, BluePearl said.

"This little dog is lucky to be alive. It's almost a miracle," Jon Wieringa, BluePearl's hospital's practice manager said. "The last thing they should have to worry about is the cost of the medical care."

A friend of the family will be caring for Killer now that his owner has passed, Wieringa said.

Firefighters had the blaze under control by about 10 p.m. , and they were able to keep the fire from spreading to neighboring homes.

Crews are investigating what caused the fire.

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