Seven dogs die in Friday fire

by Town Reminder

By Kristin Will

SOUTH HADLEY – A Friday fire at a Grandview Street residence claimed the lives of seven small dogs.
South Hadley Fire District No. 1 Chief Bob Authier said the fire, which broke out at 12:28 p.m. Friday at 5 Grandview Street, is believed to have originated in the kitchen.
Authier said the homeowner had just arrived home when she called 911 to report the fire. She was out of the home upon the department’s arrival.
Ten dogs, Authier said, were removed from the home during a primary search. Three others were discovered after a secondary search.
Firefighters administered animal oxygen masks to the dogs. Two local animal hospitals were contacted for assistance but they were not able to help. Eventually, a Springfield animal hospital responded with a team.
The six dogs that remained alive were transported to a Springfield animal hospital. Smoke inhalation is likely the cause of death for the seven others.
“They’re tiny dogs, their lungs can only take so much,” said Authier.
Firefighters knocked down the flames fairly quickly, said Authier. “The fire was going pretty good,“ he said. It did not extend past the kitchen. Although, he said, “the house was loaded with smoke, all the way down to the bedrooms.”
Firefighters ripped down the ceiling in the kitchen to check for possible extension into the roof. Nothing was found except for some charring on some beams, said Authier.
Smoke and heat damage is estimated between $40,000 and $50,000. The home was last assessed for $183,200, according to the assessor’s office.
The cause of the incident is unknown at this time. Authier said members from the state fire marshal’s office are investigating.
South Hadley Fire District No. 2 and Amherst Fire assisted via mutual aid. Firefighters cleared the scene around 3 p.m. No human injuries were sustained.