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GASTONIA, N.C. A fire that started on the porch of a Gastonia home caused thousands in damages, and killed several pets.

Officials say the fire spread from the porch and into the kitchen at a home near Freedom Mill Road and Whitehorse Road just before 11 on Monday morning.

The damage is estimated at approximately $40,000.

Authorities say multiple animals died in the fire, although, there were no human injuries reported.

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