DERRY –– Firefighters rapidly put out a kitchen fire in a Derry duplex on Tuesday, ensuring the safety of its occupants and a dog.
At 3:44 p.m., the Derry Fire Emergency Communications Division received a 911 call regarding a fire at 33A Tigertail Circle, a two-story duplex home.
The occupants managed to evacuate themselves but reported a dog was still trapped inside the burning home.
The first group of firefighters arrived on the scene at 3:48 p.m., discovering smoke billowing from the first floor and a severe fire in the kitchen of the left-side unit of the duplex.
Thanks to their prompt action, fire crews were able to swiftly extinguish the fire. By 4:03 p.m., the incident was declared under control.
The dog was found unharmed and was joyously reunited with the family.
While the fire caused significant damage to the first floor of the left-side unit, rendering it uninhabitable, the occupants of the right-side unit were able to reoccupy their home.
To aid the displaced family – two adults, three children, and the dog – The Red Cross stepped in to provide necessary assistance.
Londonderry and Salem provided mutual aid at the scene.
After investigation, the cause of the fire was determined to be accidental.