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Cats missing after fire badly damages Southampton home

  • The house at 10 Wallace Road in Southampton is seen on fire early Thursday. Contributed Photo

Staff Writer
Published: 1/16/2020 10:41:22 PM
Modified: 1/16/2020 10:40:29 PM

SOUTHAMPTON — Three cats were missing after a fire that caused extensive damage to a home broke out around midnight Wednesday.

Dispatch in Southampton was notified of the fire at 10 Wallace Road at 12:13 a.m. Thursday, and the fire department arrived on the scene about 10 minutes later, Southampton Fire Chief John Workman said. The  Easthampton Fire Department, Westhampton Fire Department, Northampton Fire Rescue, Holyoke Fire Department and Westfield Fire Department provided mutual aid, as did the state police and the Red Cross. Southampton Police officers were also on the scene.

The fire was on the first and second floor of the eight-bedroom home. Workman said the bulk of the fire was knocked down in about 15 minutes, but that the house’s size, renovations and intricacy made it so that the fire got into the walls in hard-to-reach places. Firefighters stayed on the scene into the morning with a crew to make sure there were no flare-ups.

At least six people were in the house at the time of the fire, and three were transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Because some of the bedrooms didn’t have adequate second exits, Workman said, “It could have been a much worse situation.”

Four dogs, a cat and two rabbits also made it out of the house. However, three other cats from the house were missing.

Although the cause of the fire is not yet known, Workman said the origin point was in the vicinity of the house’s wood stove. He also said arson has been ruled out as a cause.

Structural damage to the home was minimal​​​​​​, Workman said, but smoke, heat and water adversely affected much of the house, while he estimated flames damaged 30 percent of the home.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.




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