Raging Watervliet fire kills family dog

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A fire that destroyed a two-family home in Watervliet is being called suspicious.

Investigators are continuing to search for the cause of a fire that happened in the area of 9th Avenue and 24th Street just after 8 p.m.

A dog was killed in the fire.

Flames were shooting through the second floor windows and through the roof as first responders arrived.

Watervliet Police were first to arrive at the fire, which was unoccupied when they got there. Officers attempted to rescue the dog but were prevented by heavy smoke conditions and growing flames, according to Watervliet Police Public Information Officer Eric Roy.

A woman who lives in the building tells NewsChannel 13 that she was out for a walk with her daughter. When they came back, they saw the flames.

The woman said she is pregnant and believes that someone started the fire thinking she was home.

She tried to rescue her dog but she believes he was hiding in a closet and she was overcome by the smoke. While firefighters were still at the scene, they received another call for a fire on 7th Avenue. It turned out to be a small kitchen grease fire.