House fire contained on Roper Road

A pet dog died in the fire in Murray Bridge, but another dog and its owners escaped.

A family pet has died in a house fire on Roper Road, Murray Bridge this afternoon.

Twelve Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) officers in three trucks, a Country Fire Service crew and SA Police were called to the house just before 1pm after reports of thick smoke billowing from a rear bedroom.

On arrival, they found the fire had spread from there into other rooms and the roof space - about two thirds of the house, in all - causing an estimated $200,000 worth of damage.

It took firefighters in breathing apparatus an hour to extinguish the flames.

Two people and a dog reportedly escaped unharmed, according to bystander Jo Harris, but an MFS spokeswoman confirmed the death of another dog.

The residents were checked by a doctor who lived nearby and had come to see what was happening.

Photos: Jo Harris.