2 pets perish: No other injuries reported in Southington fire

Published on Friday, 29 June 2018 21:19
Written by Justin Muszynski

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SOUTHINGTON - Two pets died in a house fire at 53 Pattonwood Drive Friday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to the scene at about 4:10 p.m. on the report of smoke coming from the home.

Glenn Dube, Southington fire battalion chief, said firefighters encountered heavy smoke conditions and fire showing from one window when they arrived on scene.

One dog and one cat were killed in the blaze, and one dog made it out safely, Dube said. No one else was in the home.

Aside from the pets, no injuries were reported.

Dube said he believes the home is occupied by only one person, but he was not sure, as it was still early into the investigation. The Southington Community Services was contacted to help the resident with a place to stay, as the home sustained severe damage and was left uninhabitable.

Mutual aid was called from Plainville, Bristol and New Britain because of a lack of daytime manpower and because of the hot, humid conditions for the firefighters.

“It beat up the crews pretty good,” Dube said of the heat.

Firefighters from Wolcott, Cheshire and Berlin were called to watch the fire stations as crews were at the fire.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Dube said it’s always sad when people lose pets during fires, and that firefighters do everything they can to rescue them.

“People’s pets are a high priority for us,” Dube said.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Friday, 29 June 2018 21:19. Updated: Saturday, 30 June 2018 11:38.