The fire caused an estimated $50,000 damage to the home and $25,000 damage to the contents, according to the Fire Marshal’s Office. The cause is under investigation.
Fire investigators said Chilcote discovered a sump pump failure approximately 30 minutes prior to the discovery fire. Chilcote was next door at her daughter’s home for a child's birthday party when she and others observed smoke coming from the home. Her dog was able to escape however her cat died, according to the fire marshal’s office.