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Wayne Post
  • Several cats perish in house fire

  • No one was injured in a fire in an Arcadia home, but several cats were lost in the blaze.

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  • No one was injured in a fire in an Arcadia home, but several cats were lost in the blaze.
    Firefighters from the Newark Volunteer Fire Department were called out last Friday, Feb. 15 shortly before 9 a.m. to a home at 1285 Whitbeck Road. Operators at 911 had received a call from a child reporting that something was burning was burning on the front porch. Within minutes crews were on scene, reporting heavy smoke, Public Information Officer Dick Colacino said, so they called in the RIT Team from the Lyons Fire Department and a tanker from East Palmyra Fire Department.
    Under the command of Newark Fire Captain Jeff Miller, firefighters from the Newark, Lyons, East Palmyra, and Port Gibson fire departments attacked what proved to be a very difficult fire due to the fact that the original building was a mobile home with a wood frame addition constructed around it and a metal roof enclosing both, Colacino said.
    Water had to be supplied from trucks from Newark, East Palmyra, Lyons, and Port Gibson fire departments. The Wayne County Cascade Truck was called to fill air bottles, and the Wayne County Cause and Origin Team is investigating the fire.
    The Red Cross arrived to provide temporary housing for home owner Bonnie Douglas, three other adults and one child also living in the home. The home sustained extensive fire damage, Colacino said, and Arcadia Code Enforcement Officer Chuck Verkey was called in to assess damage. Douglas told fire crews the damage should be covered by fire insurance.
    No one was injured, but several cats inside the home perished. Newark Arcadia Ambulance Service did, however, assist firefighters and checked out some of the home’s residents.
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