1 Hurt, 2 Cats Missing After Vernon Fire

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    Officials are trying to figure out what started the fire that destroyed a house on Cedar Street in Vernon, sent a firefighter to the hospital and displaced five families. (Published Monday, Jul 14, 2014)

    One person was taken to the hospital and two cats are missing after a fire at a Vernon home that displaced five families.

    The blaze broke out around midnight at 8 Cedar Street, a multifamily house, and firefighters spent hours dousing the flames.

    Around 8:30 a.m., witnesses called 911 for crews to return when they again saw flames on the second floor.

    The building owner believes the fire started with a couch, but was not sure how.

    Neighbors said the person who was taken to the hospital was a firefighter who had gone into the home to rescue a dog.  

    All the residents got out of the building without suffering any injuries, officials said.

    Jamie Rodgers, her husband and daughter, all made it out of the house safely, but two of the family's cats are missing, she said.

    The outside of the home has scorch marks from top to bottom and a large part of the roof collapsed.

    The American Red Cross is helping five adults and one child with emergency housing, food and clothing. 

    Firefighters from area towns responded to provide mutual aid and fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire.

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