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Dog Saved As Wind-Swept Rutherford Fire Destroys Home, Damages Another

Flames quickly engulfed the porch.
Flames quickly engulfed the porch. Photo Credit: DAILY VOICE PHOTO: Thomas Bischoff
One house was destroyed, another damaged.
One house was destroyed, another damaged. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
The aftermath
The aftermath Photo Credit: Yaniv Besterman
No injuries were immediately reported.
No injuries were immediately reported. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero

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.

CLICK HERE: A veteran emegency responder captured dramatic photos of the fire .

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