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DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – A fire destroyed a Decatur basement and claimed the lives of two pets, firefighters say.

The basement of a home in the 2300 block of Hawthorne Drive is considered a total loss, crews say. They responded to the scene at about 6:14 p.m. and contained flames to the basement area in about 10 minutes.

Responders say they tried to resuscitate a dog and cat but were unable to save them. A second dog in the home has not been found.

The upstairs took smoke damage and minor heat damage. Damage is estimated to be $43,000 to the building and another $30,000 to contents.

Firefighters cleared the scene after 8 p.m.