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Two dogs and a snake died in this Rapid Valley house fire Sunday evening. No firefighters or residents were injured. according to firefighters. 

Two dogs and a snake died of smoke inhalation from a Sunday evening house fire in Rapid Valley, according to firefighters.

The fire on the 1800 block of Meadow Lane was reported by a pizza delivery driver at 9:06 p.m., according to a news release from the Rapid Valley Fire Department. When the driver opened the door of the home to alert the residents to the blaze, a cat escaped and was not found by firefighters, said Jerome Harvey, administrator of the Pennington County Fire Service. 

Once firefighters arrived, they found the single-story home on fire and with "a moderate smoke condition," the release says. They prevented the fire from spreading beyond the room of origin and no firefighters or residents were injured. The residents are being helped by the Red Cross after the home received light to moderate damage. 

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Firefighters brought two dogs outside and tried to resuscitate them but they died, Harvey said. They also found a dead boa constrictor snake. 

The South Dakota State Fire Marshall and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the cause of the blaze. 

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— Contact Arielle Zionts at arielle.zionts@rapidcityjournal.com

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