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      Pharr house fire claims lives of several dogs, birds

      Authorities are investigating a fire that damaged two homes and claimed the lives of several dogs and birds in Pharr.

      It all happened at a home on the 800 block of East Cortez Avenue in Pharr around 1 p.m. Sunday.

      Neighbors told Action 4 News that they heard and felt three explosions before the fire.

      Nobody was inside the home at the time but neighbors rushed in to save the owner TMs dogs and birds.

      The animals were heard making cries but only some of them could be saved.

      Neighbors saved one cage of canaries and one Chihuahua but all the other animals in the home were killed.

      The fire spread to a neighboring home, which also received damage.

      No cause on what cause the fire but the incident remains under investigation.