RIO LINDA (CBS13) – A Rio Linda family lost all their belongings in a house fire early Thursday morning, but firefighters were able to save the family’s pets: at turtle and a dog.

The fire broke out at a home in the 7100 block of 8th Street in Rio Linda around 7 a.m. Thursday.

When firefighters arrived to the home, they made the discovery right there on the back porch.

Jack, a 3-year-old dog, was trapped in the flames.

“A fireman went in the backyard and got the dog,” homeowner Mike Presz said.

But while fighting the fire, they also stumbled upon Myrtle the turtle, a red-neck slider, inside the burning house.

“When we were standing over here and we seen them bring them out, we was glad because I am an animal person and I was extremely glad,” neighbor John Silver said.

Presz got the call about the fire at work. As he rushed home, he could only hope and pray that Myrtle and Jack would be saved.

“It’s a relief, if there can be one you know, it’s a relief,” he said. “Our personal possessions and whatnot is gone. That’s, I guess that’s what insurance is for. But the animals and the family is fine.”

Neighbors told CBS13 that a power surge off a transformer caused the fire. Sac Metro said they’re still investigating.

“It’s just tragic, it is” Silver said. “To see one your neighbors, I really don’t know how to put it.”

Sac Metro Fire says the estimated damage to the house is around $200,000.


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