Crews Battle Fire at a Home in Malden

The Malden home has been in the same family since 1962, according to a relative

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A couple and their two dogs escaped a house fire Sunday morning in Malden, Massachusetts, but their cats were unaccounted for.

“You feel bad for them," Malden Fire Chief Stephen Froio told NBC10 Boston. "It’s mother’s day. They’re out of a house -- don’t have a home anymore."



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The heavy smoke started around 7:30 a.m.

Fire officials received reports of a fire on Forest Street around 7:30 a.m. and found heavy fire on multiple floors upon arrival.

“It had a good head start," Froio said. "We're putting as much water o as we can. We can’t get in the building - it’s a collapse hazard -- so everybody’s outside putting water on."

A woman told NBC10 Boston that she and her boyfriend woke up to the fire and escaped with their two dogs. Several cats were still inside, but fire officials didn't have any information on their whereabouts. The house has been in the family since 1962, according to a relative.

Utility companies shut off power to the house shortly after firefighters got on scene. Around a half a dozen departments from surrounding towns coming to help, including Lynn, Everett and Medford.

Crews were still working to put out hot spots Sunday morning. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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