Bridgewater fire kills 7 pets; home a total loss

Staff Report
Published: 12/20/2019 4:31:14 PM
Modified: 12/20/2019 5:27:12 PM

BRIDGEWATER — An assistant fire chief in Bridgewater lost his home in a blaze Thursday afternoon, which also resulted in the deaths of seven family pets.

The fire was called in around 5:30 p.m. Thursday at a house at 32 Chateauguay Road, the home of the Hoisington family. Assistant Fire Chief Tony Hoisington; his wife, Shannon; and their two children were not home at the time, according to Bridgewater Fire Capt. Josh Maxham.

The fire started in the kitchen, and Maxham said it might have been caused by a faulty appliance.

Fire crews from Bridgewater and surrounding towns including Woodstock, Pomfret and Plymouth battled the fire for about 30 minutes before it was under control, Maxham said. When crew members searched the home, they found four dogs and three cats dead inside, he said.

The home was uninhabitable following the blaze.

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