A two-alarm fire in Gloucester destroyed a 1½-story house and killed a group of the homeowners’ chickens early Thursday morning, officials said.
Firefighters responded to the 652 Essex Ave. home around 12 a.m. and found flames shooting out of the roof and three sides of the wood-frame home, according to a statement from the Gloucester Fire Department.
Two residents were home when the blaze began, but both were able to escape safely, the statement said. The homeowners’ chickens and other fowl died in the fire.
Firefighters controlled the flames by 1 a.m., but stayed on scene for several hours to knock out hot spots.
“The home has been deemed a total loss and will be demolished as soon as it is safe to do so,” the statement said.
Officials are still investigating the cause and origin of the fire.Elise Takahama can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @elisetakahama.