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Arson at midtown home kills three dogs

Tucson Fire works on a residential blaze  at 4200 block of  E. Valentine Street on Monday at about noon.

Tucson Fire works on a residential blaze at 4200 block of E. Valentine Street on Monday at about noon.

Nearly 30 dogs were found at a midtown home that caught fire in what firefighters are calling arson.

Three of the dogs were killed in the fire, which did $150,000 of damage.

The single-story home caught fire shortly before noon in the 4200 block of East Valentine Street, Tucson Fire Department spokeswoman Trisha Tracy said.

She said investigators have no suspects or motive. Officials said the fire was not necessarily deliberately set; for example, it could have been a child playing with matches.

A mother and son were inside the home with their 29 dogs when the fire started, Tracy said.

The 70-year-old woman was transported to a local hospital. Her condition wasn’t available Monday night. Her 48-year-old son was not injured, Tracy said.

The fire displaced the mother, son and the dogs. The Red Cross is helping the mother, her son and a second son, who was not at home at the time of the fire, with food and clothing.

Tracy said friends and family took over care of the animals, which she said were “very well taken care of.”

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