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Dog survives house fire; now missing
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LATHROP — One of three small dogs that managed to escape a house fire west of Manteca last week is missing and its owner, Harold Edwards, is heartbroken.

Edwards said all the dogs made it out through a doggie door at the back of the residence with two of them dying from smoke inhalation and heat.  The fluffy, white Chihuahua was last seen sitting on Vierra Road as firemen were first attempting to extinguish the blaze – an area just west of McKinley Avenue and north of Yosemite Avenue.

“Misty Moto, ” as she is called,  is five years old with good teeth and Edwards said she is so friendly she would get into a car with anyone.  The dogs that died from the fire were Pomeranians – one valued at $500.

Ironically Edwards’ late wife Betty was a director on the Lathrop-Manteca Fire Department.  He owned and operated Budget Auto Body and Painting in the 1200 block of North Main Street for many years before his retirement.

Edwards had lived on Vierra Road for more than 40 years and noted it is an area of county land from the middle of his street and on to the south.