Two pets died and heavy damage was sustained Monday afternoon in a Mitchell house fire.
The Mitchell Fire Division responded at about 3 p.m. to a report of smoke at 715 W. Fourth Ave. and cleared the scene about two hours later, reporting Tuesday morning that the fire appeared to be accidental, though a specific cause has not been determined.
Upon arrival at the house, fire crews reportedly saw heavy smoke on both of the building's two stories. Firefighters entered the house through the front door and found the seat of the fire in the kitchen. Fire Marshal Shannon Sandoval later determined the fire had originated around the stove.
No people were in the house when the fire began, and the two pets were found deceased inside. The fire was extinguished quickly enough to keep it from spreading, confining heavy fire damage to the kitchen area. Heat and smoke damage were noted throughout the rest of the house.
A total of 19 Mitchell Fire Division personnel responded to the fire, and none were injured. The fire is no longer under investigation, and the house has been turned over to its owner.