WRIGHT CITY, Mo. — The Wright City Fire Department is hoping to keep other dogs safe after a dog was killed and 4 others had to be rescued from a burning doghouse Tuesday morning.

A post on the fire department's Facebok page said the fire happened at around 9:10 Tuesday morning. The five dogs were trapped near the large doghouse that caught fire. Four of them were rescued, but one died.

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Fire officials are not sure what caused the fire, but they think it may be related to a heat lamp used to warm the doghouse.

If you use a heat lamp to warm your dog's doghouse, the fire department has some tips to keep your dog safe:

  • Clean up cobwebs and dust
  • Keep wires out of reach
  • Double secure the lamp
  • Never put a water bucket under the heat lamp
  • Use heat lamp cages
  • Keep lamps away from bedding
  • Check lamps for frayed wires