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Quincy Scanner Tales: House fire kills dog; man in wheelchair hit by car

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  September 20, 2013 11:21 AM

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House fire kills dog
Police said a house fire this morning on Pontiac Road in Quincy killed the family dog, but did not seriously injure anyone else.

According to police, emergency personnel responded to the house at 8:17 a.m. Friday to the report of a single-family home on fire.

The fire started in the kitchen and soon spread into the wall. No one was at home at the time of the blaze, and a neighbor phoned in when they saw smoke. Officials estimate that there is approximately $50,000 worth of damage to the home.

Fire personnel said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but doesn't appear to be suspicious.

Beyond the loss of the dog, two firefighters received minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

Firefighters had put out the fire by 10 a.m.

Man in wheelchair hit by car
A 45-year-old wheelchair-bound man was hospitalized on Wednesday after a car hit him, Quincy police said.

According to police, a 43-year-old woman driving a 2008 Cadillac SRX hit the man on Quincy Ave at 7:32 p.m. Wednesday.

The woman told police she was traveling approximately 25 miles per hour in the southbound lane, and that she never saw the pedestrian.

The man was thrown approximately 30 feet into the northbound lane. He suffered a head injury that police said didn’t appear to be life-threatening, and was taken to Quincy Medical Center.

The woman’s name has not been released, as she has not been charged or cited with a crime. Police said there were no skid marks on the street and the area was very dark.

Accident reconstruction was called in to the scene to evaluate how the incident occurred and is still investigating the accident.

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