RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A fast-moving, wind-swept fire destroyed one Rutherford house and damaged the one next to it.
Police rescued a poodle-dauschund mix named Lamb Chop in the four-alarm Franciso Avenue fire, which broke out around 11 a.m., neighbors said.
A neighbor's dog also had to be treated because of smoke inhalation, Animal Control Officer Michelle Stucky told Daily Voice.
No other injuries were reported, according to Rutherford Deputy Fire Chief Christopher Seidler.
A man who owns the two-and-a-half-story, wood-frame Colonial with his father, who was on vacation in Florida, had just gone to get coffee when the fire broke out, Police Chief John R. Russo told Daily Voice.
A Rutherford police detective sergeant and patrol officer responded to find the front porch full engulfed, he said.
Within minutes, flames were blowing through the roof -- which eventually collapsed. Firefighters also took down the chimney for safety reasons, Seidler said.
More than 50 firefighters from Carlstadt, East Rutherford, Lyndhurst, North Arlington and Wallington helped bring the blaze under control in under an hour, he said.
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