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RFD: Pets killed in Dwight Drive fire

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Rome Fire officials are continuing to investigate the fire at 114 Dwight Drive that happened late Friday night.

Officials say the homeowner, Scott Allamonda, heard a smoke detector and came upstairs from the basement, only to see the glow of fire in an enclosed porch. He was able to escape with his mother, but was unable to find some pets because of the heavy smoke.

The Rome Fire Department says one firefighter was able to rescue one dog, but one other dog and four cats died in the fire.

The fire was so heavy in the attic area that crews were called out of home and could only battle the blaze from the outside. The home suffered serious damage to the roof, garage and rear.

Crews had to also protect the neighboring house at 112 Dwight Drive, which suffered some damage to the siding.

Officials have not yet determined a cause.

The call came into the Rome Fire Station around 11:45, just as crews were returning from an earlier fire on South James Street.

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