Dog killed in overnight Rensselaer house fire

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RENSSELAER, N.Y. (NEWS10 – Crews battled a large house fire on 10th Street in Rensselaer early Saturday morning.

Crews say the first alarm came in at 4:02 a.m. Saturday for a fire at a house on the 1990 block of 10th Street.

By daybreak Saturday morning the home continued to smolder, but the intense heat from the flames had melted the siding on a neighboring house. Flames could be seen under a car parked in the driveway.

“I heard popping I heard an explosion, maybe something of gas, something blew up,” said neighbor, Jennifer Washington. “We heard a lot of commotion outside. I heard people running, glass breaking, so I got up looked out the window I saw people running in this direction. I looked further out the window and I see all the flames.”

Fire officials at the scene say the only resident home at the time of the fire was taken to the hospital “to get checked out.” He did not suffer any severe injuries.

The only other resident was not home at the time of the fire.

“When the companies got here the fire was completely involved; coming out the sides coming out the front,” said Assistant Fire Chief of the city of Rensselaer Fire Department, Jay Corman.

Officials say two dogs lived in the home. One was rescued, but the other was unfortunately killed in the fire.

Neighbors say the male resident ran from the house around 4 a.m. yelling for help for the dogs trapped in the home. He was frantically screaming for help, distressed because dogs were trapped inside the home.

He went in to get the other dog and I guess something with fire it him fell on back and he has a big burn going down his back,” said neighbor, Aleah Kavanagh. “The firemen told everyone around here that we got to get out of the house because the power lines were starting to catch on fire and so was the trees.”

As a result some neighbors were also left without power.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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