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13 dogs dead after St. Francis house fire

Updated: November 15, 2019 10:10 PM

Authorities say 13 dogs died in a house fire Thursday in St. Francis.

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The Isanti County Sheriff's Office said a call of a house fire came in at 11:41 a.m. A person driving by said a fire was visible through the main level window of a home on the 24600 block of Helium Street NW.

The Isanti District fire chief said no one was home at the time of the fire.

The owner, Jodi, traveled around the country showing the dogs and was a premiere breeder of Australian shepherds.

She told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS there were 13 dogs inside the home. Twelve of the dogs were theirs. They were eight months to 11 years old.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire. The fire department said it could be related to heating, as space heaters were in use and the fireplace insert was smoldering. No foul play is suspected.

Samples have been sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the state fire marshal is helping with the investigation.

Two GoFundMe accounts have been set up to help the family during the difficult loss, one by a friend and another by the owner's work. In total Friday night, they had raised over $14,000. 

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