PEPPERELL — Fire Chief Brian Borneman reports that the Pepperell Fire Department and mutual aid partners responded to a two-alarm fire in a home on Mill Street that injured two residents and killed several pets.
On Sunday, Nov. 20, at 8:11 p.m., the Pepperell Fire and Police Departments received 911 calls reporting a structure fire at 47 Mill St.
Pepperell Police and Pepperell Ambulance arrived to find residents from the basement and first floor suffering from smoke inhalation, and transported them to local hospitals.
Pepperell Firefighters arrived to find smoke showing from the front of the home and fire from the rear.
Three dogs and two cats were rescued from the home by firefighters, and seven dogs were killed in the fire.
A second alarm was struck as firefighters battling the blaze also had to contend with gusty winds. The National Weather Service in Boston reported wind gusts of over 30 mph around the region on Sunday.
The fire was knocked down and under control within about 30 minutes. Two people were displaced.
The origin and cause of the fire are under investigation by the Pepperell Fire Department, Pepperell Police, and the State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s office.
Firefighters from Groton, Dunstable, Townsend, Hollis, N.H. and Nashua, N.H. provided mutual aid at the scene.