At least 20 dogs killed, family loses 'everything' in Indian Trail house fire

- Multiple dogs and cats died in a house fire Wednesday in Indian Trail, according to the Union County Fire Marshal. 

The fire happened at 10:13 a.m. Wednesday, November 9 at a home located at 7007 Secrest Short Cut in Indian Trail. 

The fire marshal told FOX 46 Charlotte there were two people inside the house, a husband and wife. They said the woman sustained first-degree burns to her face and inhaled some smoke. Her husband is with her at CMC-Main where she is receiving treatment, officials say. 

Crews said the fire started in the bedroom area of the house. 

The fire has been ruled as an accident - but the exact cause is still undetermined. Investigators said they're having a problem pinpointing the cause due to all the damage. 

According to fire officials, there were a lot of pets on the property and several dogs and cats died in the fire. Officials said the animals appeared to be well cared for. 

The house sustained $40,000 in estimated damages. The Red Cross is assisting the family. 

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