Fire damages Perryville home Saturday, kills several dogs and cats

A fire in a Perryville home Saturday morning caused an estimated $200,000 damage and killed three dogs and approximately a dozen cats, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said.

The fire call in the first block of Ellis Court, off Broad Street, came in shortly after 11 a.m. and began on a side porch of the two-story, single family dwelling, the fire marshal's office said.

First responders on the scene from the Community Fire Company of Perryville, whose firehouse is a short distance away, were alerted by a neighbor, according to the notice of investigation released Sunday by the fire marshal's office.

In addition to Perryville, firefighters from the Perry Point Fire Department, Susquehanna Hose Company of Havre de Grace, Water Witch Fire Company of Port Deposit and fire companies from North East, Rising Sun and Charlestown responded, according to the notice of investigation.

It took the approximately 28 firefighters on the scene about an hour to bring the fire under control, according to the notice.

No injuries were reported to occupants of the home or to fire personnel; however, the notice of investigation states that "a total of three dogs and approximately 12 cats perished as a result of the fire."

Damage estimates by investigators include $150,000 to the structure and $50,000 to contents, the fire marshal's office said. The home is owned by Leonard and Joyce Burton.

Preliminary investigation has concluded the fire was caused by an electrical malfunction, the fire marshal's office said. The home had working smoke detectors.

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