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Homeowner dies, 20 pets recovered from Hunt County house fire

A person was killed as a result of a house fire near Greenville yesterday. Four cats also died in the fire, while 19 cats and one dog were recovered alive by first responders.

Hunt County Sheriff’s Office deputies called the SPCA of Texas to assist with care of the animals, a statement from the SPCA of Texas said.

No other details about the victim, the location of the fire, or other information about the event were immediately available.

The dog was found in a crate, the SPCA of Texas said. The animals were taken to the Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center in Dallas for emergency medical care. The dog and one of the cats were later taken to a local animal hospital for further care, while the remainder of the cats are being treated for smoke inhalation in addition to their other ailments, the statement said.

Mark Haslett has served at KETR since 2013. Since then, the station's news operation has enjoyed an increase in listener engagement and audience metrics, as well recognition in the Texas AP Broadcasters awards.