PEPPERELL — A two-alarm fire Sunday night injured two residents and killed seven dogs.
According to a statement from Fire Chief Brian Borneman, the Pepperell Fire Department and Police Department received calls for a structure fire at 47 Mill St. around 8:11 p.m.
When first responders arrived, residents from the basement and first floor were suffering from smoke inhalation and were taken to area hospitals, Borneman said. Firefighters found smoke showing from the front and the residence and fire from the rear.
Firefighters were able to rescue three dogs and two cats were rescued from the home by firefighters. However, the blaze killed seven dogs.
As firefighters fought the blaze, they did so contending with gusty winds, Borneman said. According to the National Weather Service in Boston, the region saw wind gusts of over 30 mph across the region Sunday.
Borneman said the fire was knocked down and under control after approximately 30 minutes. Two people remain displaced.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Pepperell Fire Department, Pepperell Police, and the State Fire Marshal’s and the State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s office.
On-scene mutual aid was provided by firefighters from Groton, Dunstable, Townsend, Hollis, N.H. and Nashua, N.H.