MACON, Ga. (AP) — The back of a historic 1929 mansion in Georgia has been gutted by a fire.

Ken Gozur tells The Telegraph of Macon he and his wife were watching television when they heard a pop and noticed a flash in the corner of the sun room at the Villa Teresa Italian mansion Sunday night.

Gozur says the fire spread within 45 seconds, and they would have lost the entire house if firefighters hadn't quickly responded. The fire affected the breakfast room, kitchen and spiral staircase in the house's center, and smoke inhalation claimed the life of one of their dogs, Bella.

Villa Teresa was designed by Philip Trammell Shutze and has been featured on tours of historic homes.

Macon-Bibb County fire investigator Lt. Ben Gleaton is investigating the fire's cause.

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Information from: The Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com