Dog dies in Piedmont house fire on girl’s 5th birthday

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PIEDMONT, Okla. – A young girl was forced to watch her home go up in flames on her 5th birthday after an early morning house fire.

It happened around 1 in the morning on Tuesday in a neighborhood near Piedmont Road and N.W. Expressway.

"It was really scary. It's just devastating,” said Danielle Drozd.

Drozd was shocked when she woke up to find her neighbor’s house engulfed in flames.

"My dog started barking, and my dog never barks, and so that kind of alerted me to wake up, and all of a sudden a car alarm was going off and then it sounded like gunshots,” Drozd said.

After Drozd and some of her neighbors rushed outside, fire officials told even them to take precaution.

"They had come over here and asked me to wet down my grass and everything. We had to make sure these neighbors were out,” Drozd said.

That’s because crews were concerned the flames could spread to surrounding homes.

"The owner opened the garage door to get something, check something and he saw the fire in the garage,” said Battalion Chief Randy Cornelius with the Oklahoma City Fire Department.

Cornelius said the homeowner immediately got his wife and young daughter out of the house and called for help.

The family was unharmed, but neighbors told NewsChannel 4 their dog didn’t survive.

"Their daughter's 5th birthday is today, and she's (the mom) seven months pregnant, and so they have a lot going on already and so it's heartbreaking,” Drozd said.

Now, the neighborhood is coming together, hoping to help by trying to save the little girl’s birthday.

"We have a Facebook page, and so everyone has kind of gotten on there, and we've set up a drop box location at one of the houses and we're going to get presents together,” Drozd said.

The damage is estimated to cost around $100,000.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but fire officials believe it was accidental.

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