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A fire Friday evening claimed the life of a family pet.

Rural Metro responded to the fire in Northeast Knox County around 7 o'clock.

When firefighters got to the scene, they saw a homeowner's backyard shed up in flames. The homeowner told 10News he had left his dog in the shed with a heater to keep warm.

Crews working the scene believe the heater somehow malfunctioned, starting the fire.

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