Mentor firefighters -- with the help of neighboring fire departments -- squelched a house fire at 7308 Taft Street Monday evening.
At about 7:20 p.m., a fire began in the home's kitchen while the family was out. Authorities are still investigating what caused the fire but they think it began with one of the kitchen appliances, Mentor firefighters said.
A neighbor called the fire department and rescued a dog from the burning home before firefighters arrived.
Firefighters were mostly able to keep the smoke and fire damage contained to the first story of the 2-story colonial home. However, some fire did get into the walls and up to the second floor, firefighters said.
Firefighters had the fire under control by 7:45 p.m. Nobody was hurt by the fire.
The house itself is still structurally sound after the fire but it is not currently habitable.
Willoughby, Kirtland, Mentor-on-the-Lake, Grand River and Concord Township Fire Departments also helped by either responding to the fire or by covering Mentor's fire stations during the blaze.