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January 25. 2013 5:46PM

Three cats perish in Goffstown fire

Goffstown firefighters check for hot spots in a home on Wallace Road Friday. (KATHY REMILLARD/Union Leader Correspondent)

GOFFSTOWN - An afternoon house fire Friday afternoon claimed the lives of three cats, fire officials said.



No one was home when the blaze broke out at 163 Wallace Road at about 12:25 p.m., but Goffstown Fire Lieutenant Bill Connor said because a car was inside the home's garage, firefighters had to conduct a search to be sure the home was unoccupied.



Connor said a second alarm was called to provide station coverage, with units from Weare and Bedford providing mutual aid.



The home, which suffered damage a screened in porch on its right side, was not a total loss, Connor said.



Goffstown Police Officer Tom Defosses said at the scene that the fire was contained quickly.



"About 5 minutes after we got here, it blew out the side of the house," Defosses said, "but they had a lot of resources on the scene pretty quickly and they were able to contain it."



No other injuries were reported, and Connor said the cause is still under investigation.

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