According to Sibley Fire Chief Kenny Huls, the fire was at 517 5th Avenue in Sibley. He says the fire was probably caused by a short circuit in a heating pad that had been left for the dog. The dog, part lab, part retriever was able to get out of the doghouse, but was on a 5-foot leash, says Huls. He says they found the dog trying to bury himself in the snow to keep from the heat of the burning doghouse, which was fully engulfed in fire when they arrived.
Huls says the dog was singed by the fire, but otherwise escaped without injury, and no other injuries were reported. He says the doghouse is a total loss, but two nearby structures were not damaged.