A two-alarm fire engulfed a Lowell home on Sunday, but while the resident family of four was not home, the family dog, Mia, was inside as it went up in flames, and was rescued by a firefighter.
“The dog was taken out about twenty minutes into the fire,” Deputy Fire Chief Robert Flynn said of the small, white dog. “She was not exposed to much smoke and should be fine.”
The smoke and fire were heavy when the Lowell Police Department and Lowell Fire Department arrived at the house on Walker Street at 6:20 p.m.
While the cause of the fire is under investigation, Flynn said he believes the blaze started outside and spread up the building and into the attic.
“I don’t know if the house can be repaired,” Flynn said. “It’s still standing, but quite a bit of the house is damaged.”
Flynn said that most of the roof is missing and a great deal of the damage was from water and smoke.
The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts provided the displaced family with a three-night hotel stay and emergency funds for food, clothing and toiletries.Mary Pavlu can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.