A man died and a woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition after a house fire Wednesday night in the 4300 block of Avenue Q 1/2 in Galveston, authorities said.

The family's pet dog was also killed in the fire, Galveston Fire Department Chief Mike Wisko said.

Around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, Galveston's fire department was called to the 4300 block of Avenue Q 1/2, a small dead-end street near Ball High School, for a house fire at a wood-frame house, Wisko said.

Two adults were inside the home, a man and a woman, Wisko said. The man was dead when firefighters arrived and the woman was in critical condition, he said.

The woman, who has not been identified, was transferred to John Sealy Hospital, he said.

“This is the type of call that every firefighter fears when the alarm rings,” Wisko said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims' family as they endure this tragic loss.”

The department does not yet know the cause of the fire, Wisko said. Two Galveston fire marshals were investigating at the scene Wednesday night, Wisko said.

The death Wednesday night was the first fire fatality on the island since a house fire claimed a life on Easter Day in 2015, Wisko said.

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