Residents jump from window; 50 cats and dogs rescued when fire breaks out in Westport – NBC Connecticut

Residents jumped from a window to escape a fire at a building in Westport on Wednesday night and firefighters and police rescued around 50 dogs and cats from a pet boarding house in the building.

Firefighters were dispatched to the mixed-occupancy building on Post Road East at 11:43 p.m. and found heavy fire on the second floor.

The building housed boarding house for dogs and cats on the first floor and basement as well as an apartment on the second floor, firefighters said.

Firefighters attacked the fire with lances.

Firefighters said people on the second floor escaped the blaze.

The three occupants of the second-floor apartment awoke when smoke detectors went off, but fire blocked the exit and they had to jump from a second-floor window to escape the fire, firefighters said .

Residents were treated at the scene by Westport EMS and did not require transport to hospital.

Westport Fire and Police officers rescued and removed the dogs and cats from the boarding school.

The Westport Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

The Westport Fire Department is urging residents to ensure they have working smoke detectors in their homes as they save lives.

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