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10 people are homeless after a fire erupted at a two-family home on Pearl Street in the City of Batavia.

The blaze started in the garage around 1:38 this afternoon, but within minutes winds caused the fire to spread the back of the house.

Two-people were home at the time of the fire.

They got out safely after a man knocked on the door and warned them of the blaze.

City of Batavia Fire Chief Jim Maxwell said all 10 people who lived at the home are safe and accounted for. He said there were also many animals that occupied the home. 

"Animals, initial report was 10 animals. We had seven cats, one dog, one suger glider marsupial and one puppy who is unaccounted for," said Maxwell.

The missing puppy was later found by rescuers, he perished in the blaze.

Four fire departments were called out to the fire. Alexander, Elba and the Town of Batavia fire department responded to the scene, the town was standing in for the City Fire station.

The Red Cross is helping the displaced residents. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

 

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