CHESAPEAKE - About a dozen animals died when fire swept through a Chesapeake home Wednesday morning.

Crews were called to the 2200 block of Ardmore Avenue in the South Norfolk neighborhood around 8:45 a.m. It took about 20 minutes to get the fire under control.

Once inside, firefighters say they found three dogs, four cats, several ferrets, two birds and an iguana that hadn't survived.

Jane Nystel lives there with her family and they weren't home at the time.

She says one of her dogs, a beagle named Lucy, is missing. She says all of the animals were rescues and they all had microchips. She asks anyone who finds Lucy to call Chesapeake Animal Control so they can be reunited.

Fire Department spokesman Capt. Scott Saunders says one cat was resuscitated with the use of the department's animal oxygen mask. He said a dog that was outside wasn't hurt.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Saunders says the family has insurance.

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