Volunteer firefighter loses 7 pets in East Haven house fire

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EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — An East Haven family is mourning the loss of seven pets that were killed in a house fire Wednesday morning.

The East Haven Fire Department said the fire started around 11:30 a.m. in a house along Windsor Street.

No humans home at the time; however, firefighters said several dogs and cats and a bunny were inside.

The East Haven Fire Chief told News 8 that crews were only able to resuscitate one of the dogs by doing CPR.

“They stretched a hose line in there and hit the fire pretty quickly,” he said. “Did aggressive searches and located several of the family pets. Quite a few of them succumbed despite our best efforts.”

Fire officials believe the fire started in the basement, but the exact cause is under investigation.

One of the homeowners, who happens to be a volunteer firefighter, said this was one of the hardest days of his life.

The home has been deemed unliveable.

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