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Two escape Benalla unit fire
A smoke alarm alerted two people to fire starting in the lounge room of their unit on Bridge St, Benalla around 2.15am today (22 April).
CFA District 23 Rostered Duty Officer Brett Myers said the couple sadly lost their pet dog, however managed to save their cat in the blaze.
"The occupants were very distressed, but neither received injuries," Mr Myers said.
"They were woken by the smoke alarm and the smoke had risen to waist height in their bedroom, which indicates the fire was developing quickly."
Three crews from Benalla contained the fire to the lounge room, using breathing apparatus to attack flames from inside the home.
It took firefighters about half an hour to extinguish the fire.
"There was minimal structural damage to the home, however it was completely smoke-logged, Mr Myers said.
Fire investigators will return to the property this morning to determine the cause.