City firefighters are investigating what touched off an early-morning blaze that ripped through an Eastholm Road residence on Sunday, killing three pet dogs.
The fire was called in around 3 a.m. at 175 Eastholm Road and there were visible flames when firefighters arrived, according to reports from the scene. The blaze was called in by both the residents of the small Cape Cod-style house, who were awakened by a fire alarm.
Sheriff’s Deputy Raymond Senecal said the home’s smoke alarms are probably the only reason a woman and her adult son were able to escape the house unharmed.
“They’re actually very fortunate,” he said. “That’s the only thing that saved them.”
The fire appeared to be localized in an addition to the home and was brought under control in about 40 minutes. Senecal said the fire is still under investigation, but is not thought to be suspicious.
The family is now being assisted by the Red Cross. Senecal said the damage to the home is extensive, but won’t require it to be demolished.
“The house is salvageable,” he said.