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Dog Dies, Eight Displaced In Mount Vernon House Fire

A fire displaced several in Mount Vernon.
A fire displaced several in Mount Vernon. Photo Credit: Gary Irwin Marks via Kempter's Fire Wire

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - The American Red Cross is helping several Mount Vernon residents track down temporary housing following a fire that gutted a Locust Avenue home.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday night, officials confirmed that first responders were dispatched to 500 Locust Ave. following multiple reports of a structure on fire.

Upon arrival, crews reported that there were flames visible from the first floor, which subsequently spread to the second floor while more than two dozen firefighters attempted to battle the blaze and knock down the flames. The fire was reported under control within an hour.

The home suffered extensive interior and exterior damage. It was not immediately clear if it could be salvaged.

According to officials, none of the residents of the home were injured, though a dog suffered injuries and died. The American Red Cross is now helping the family find housing. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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