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Fire Crews Rescue Two Animals from W. Southampton Ave. Home

Homeowners away during the Chestnut Hill fire.

Update: 7:40 p.m.

Two animals were rescued from a West Southampton Avenue fire Saturday afternoon in an all-hands blaze that closed Germantown Avenue, fire officials said.

A fire of unknown origin struck 27 W. Southampton St. after 5 p.m. June 30. Homeowners were away, but a dog and cat were at home at the twin house when the fire began.

Two neighbors confirmed that three eighth grade students from Our Mother of Consolation School first noticed the fire. They told neighbors, who called 911 and tried to help the animals.

Battalion 9 Chief John Akin said 11 companies responded to the fire, which was contained around 6:20 p.m. It impacted the basement and all three stories. However, Akin said it did not affect the adjoining home.

Both animal were transported to veterinary facilities and were fine, neighbors said.

Officials reported no injuries to residents or firefighters.

Germantown Avenue reopened after 7:30 p.m. It was closed from Gravers Lane to Southampton Avenue during the fire.

Susan Bash July 01, 2012 at 11:46 AM
I saw those amazing firefighters respond to this fire yesterday. Thank you brave people. And I am so glad the animals are ok! -Susan B.
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