Fire apparatus from numerous North Shore communities, including Salem, were called to assist with a three-alarm fire that broke out in a home on Andrew Road in Swampscott Thursday morning.
It took more than 50 firefighters about two hours to extinguish the blaze, which resulted in the displacement of a family of six and the death of the family dog.
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A Swampscott firefighter was reportedly injured fighting the fire and was transported to Salem Hospital with a minor hand injury.
Swampscott Deputy fire chief Jim Potts confirmed that a pet cat was missing and that several pet rabbits were found unharmed.
Firefighting was reportedly delayed by "minutes" due to a frozen hydrant and firefighters were forced to tap hydrants on Paradise Road.
Aside from the pets, the home was unoccupied at the time of the fire.
Firefighters from Salem, Lynn, Beverly, Nahant, Revere and Marblehead were called to assist.
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