GLOUCESTER , MASS. (WHDH) - Emergency responders in Gloucester used the police department’s boat to extinguish a house fire on Saturday, officials said.

The city’s police chief shared photos on Twitter of crews using a boat to battle the blaze on Washington Street that left a family displaced.

Fire officials said they had a hard time getting access to the fire, which claimed the lives of several pets.

There was no one home when the blaze broke out.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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