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Puppy dies, cat missing after Aurora house fire

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No one was injured, but a Chihuahua puppy perished and a cat is missing after a house fire early Wednesday in west suburban Aurora.

A 48-year-old woman, 14-year-old girl and 19-year-old man were inside the home in the 800 block of Columbia Avenue when the girl smelled something burning and called 911, according to the Aurora Fire Department.

Firefighters responded at 3:15 a.m. and the fire was under control within half an hour. No people were injured in the blaze, but a 3-month-old Chihuahua died and the family cat has not yet been found, according to the department.

The house was left uninhabitable, and damages are estimated at $55,000.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.