8 homeless, dog died after house fire in Holyoke

Smoke, flames coming from house on Brown Avenue

House fire on Brown Avenue in Holyoke, Mass. on April 21, 2017. (Photo sent to 22News through Facebook by Joseph Rivera.

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A dog died in a house fire in Holyoke, Friday afternoon, which left 8 people homeless.

House fire on Brown Avenue in Holyoke, Mass. on April 21, 2017. (Photo sent to 22News through Facebook by Joseph Rivera.

Holyoke Deputy Fire Chief Mark Fortin told 22News the fire started just before 2:00 p.m. Friday in a three-family house at 25-27 Brown Avenue. He said it appeared the fire started on the second floor and spread to the third floor.

Everyone was out of the house when the Holyoke Fire Department arrived, Fortin said, but firefighters had to go inside to try and rescue three dogs. Two of the dogs survived after firefighters administered oxygen through specially-made masks.

No one was hurt. The American Red Cross was helping three families find temporary housing.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, and is being investigated by the Holyoke Arson and Bomb Squad, and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

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