LANCASTER (CBS) – A three-alarm fire roared through a large two-story house in Lancaster Sunday night, causing about $350,000 in damage.

Lancaster fire officials said the homeowners of the home on Kilbourn Road were out of town, but several family pets were trapped inside, when flames ignited around 11 p.m. Sunday.

Firefighters were told to back off when the heat and conditions turned too dangerous, Lancaster Fire Chief Michael Hanson told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe.

WBZ Newsradio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

“There were about a dozen oxygen tanks in the house, so with the extent of the fire we made the decision not to go in with the oxygen and within maybe five minutes of that, all 12 oxygen tanks let go so there was multiple explosions,” the chief said.

Hanson said the explosions spread the fire throughout the house and in a matter of minutes it was fully involved and the roof was coming down.

No one was hurt and firefighters managed to get all of the pets out safely.

There is no word yet on the cause of the blaze, but Hanson said he believes it was likely an accident.



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