No one home at scene of Rocky Grove fire, but 3 cats die

From staff reports

Three cats passed away as a result of a fire late Friday morning at a Rocky Grove home.

Rocky Grove fire chief Ryan Hefferman said the blaze broke out at 10:50 a.m. at 118 Second Ave.

Hefferman said no one was in the home when the fire started, and he added that when firefighters arrived they found the kitchen was fully involved.

The kitchen was a total loss, Hefferman said. There was also smoke, heat and water damage to the first floor and smoke damage to the second floor, he added.

The cause of the fire was undetermined early Friday evening, and the state police fire marshal will investigate Monday, Hefferman said.

Hefferman confirmed that three cats died, and he said a dog was being treated for smoke inhalation, but “I don’t know the status of the dog. (The family) took it to the vet.”

The scene was cleared at about 12:30 p.m.

Franklin, Reno, Sandycreek, Polk, Utica, Oakland and Cooperstown firefighters also responded as well as Community Ambulance Service, Hefferman said.

Penelec and National Fuel assisted with utility shutoff, he added.