Rehoboth home destroyed, 2 dogs dead after fire

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REHOBOTH, Mass. (WPRI) — Two family pets are dead following a house fire in Rehoboth.

The fire broke out at 164 Summer Street just before 5 p.m. Saturday.

According to Rehoboth Fire Chief Frank Barresi, a neighbor spotted smoke and called the fire department – but the home was unsalvageable.

“Unfortunately, it was beyond saving,” he told Eyewitness News. “We received a report of structure fire with flames already coming through the roof. When our first engine arrived on scene it was almost fully involved.”

Barresi said his crews were able to put out the fire within 40 minutes – and no one was inside at the time of the blaze.

“No firefighters or residents were hurt, so that’s a good thing,” he said.

Friends of the family confirmed two dogs were inside the home and were killed in the fire.

Neighbors said the couple that lived in the house had recently put on an addition and planned to make repairs to the roof on Sunday.

Officials at the scene said the home is now a total loss.

The smoke from the blaze could be seen from miles away. Rehoboth firefighters had to call in mutual aid to help them tackle the flames.

“We have all three of our stations here and there were seven other towns that came in and helped us out,” Barresi said.

The chief said the cause of the fire is under investigation – but due to the heavy damage, they might never know for sure what sparked it.

“We’ll be here a while trying to figure this one out,” he said.

Members of the Massachusetts State Police and the fire marshal are investigating the cause. At this time, the chief said it does not appear to be suspicious.

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