4 of 5 pets rescued in West Springfield house fire

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Two dogs and two birds were rescued from a burning home in West Springfield Thursday morning, but a third bird did not survive.

A fire truck outside a home on Almon Avenue in West Springfield, where there was a fire Thursday morning.
A fire truck outside a home on Almon Avenue in West Springfield, where there was a fire Thursday morning.

West Springfield Fire Chief William Flaherty told 22News that around 8:00 A.M., several neighbors called the department to report a fire at the house at 60 Almon Avenue.

Firefighters discovered a fire in the back wall of the ranch-style home.

None of the residents were home at the time, but there were two German shepherd dogs and three cockatiels inside the house. Flaherty said that one of the birds died, but the rest of the animals survived. Animal control officers are currently looking after the dogs, while the surviving birds were brought to a neighbor’s house temporarily.

Flaherty said that there are several reasons why the fire could have started in or near the wall. The State Fire Marshal’s office is currently looking into the cause.

Ashley Studley of the American Red Cross says that they are helping the two adults and one teenager who live in the house with a place to stay, as well as mo

Almon Avenue is a side street in a quiet residential neighborhood just south of Route 20 (Westfield Street).

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