LAPORTE COUNTY | Four dogs and two cats died in a LaPorte area house fire over the holiday weekend.
A rabbit inside a cage in a bedroom survived.
"It breaks our hearts we lost six of them all at once," said Kim Bianco, whose family returned from a festival Saturday night to find firefighters at their home in the 3100 block of East 400 South.
It's believed the fire started in the utility room, perhaps in the lint of a clothes dryer.
She said the rabbit survived because the animal was near the first window firefighters broke out to get inside, preventing smoke from building up near its cage.
The house sustained heavy damage and the family was put up by the Red Cross at a local motel until they can move in with relatives, Bianco said.