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House fire kills Minn. deputy’s K-9 partner and two family dogs

The officer, his wife and children were not at home when the fire occurred


Photo/Facebook via Chisago County Sheriff’s Office

By Pioneer Press

CHISAGO COUNTY, Minn. — The Chisago County sheriff’s office is mourning the loss of a K-9 after a fire killed the dog and destroyed the home of its handler, a sheriff’s deputy.

In a post on its Facebook page, the sheriff’s office said the fire was reported Tuesday afternoon in rural Nessel Township.

Firefighters found the home of Deputy Nate Fisher engulfed in flames. Fisher, his wife and children were not at home at the time, but the deputy’s K-9 partner Kyro and two other family dogs perished.

On Tuesday evening, the sheriff’s office and other local agencies escorted Kyro to an animal hospital in Arden Hills. A “proper goodbye” for the German shepherd was being planned, with details to follow.

“We are forever grateful for K9 Deputy Kyro’s service and he will not be forgotten,” the Facebook post said.

Meanwhile, Fisher and his family lost everything in the fire. The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office Foundation has established an online fundraiser to assist them.

Any information about the cause of the fire wasn’t immediately disclosed.

The troopers, identified as Michael Abbate and Alberto Felix, were both husbands and fathers
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