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DRYDEN — Two residents were unharmed but at least two pet dogs perished when a porch fire spread into a 100-year-old Dryden farmhouse Thursday afternoon.

The cause of the fire, reported at 1:18 p.m., was still unknown Friday morning. Chelan County Fire District 6 Chief Phil Moser, whose agency tackled the fire alongside crews from Fire District 6 and the Cashmere Fire Department, said the occupants were at home and fled the fire safely, but two dogs were lost and a third was unaccounted for.

The fire apparently began outside the main structure on an attached covered porch on the east end. "When our first apparatus arrived, the whole east wall and that porch were totally involved," Moser said.

Two lower-story windows and one window on the second floor shattered in the heat, allowing the flames to move inside the house, he said. It took about two and a half hours to bring the blaze under control.

But the old house may be recoverable with some work, Moser said, including perhaps a new roof and siding.

"I think that if the flooring on the first floor holds up to the water, they could move back in there with some fixing," he said.

Jefferson Robbins: 679-7013 

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