GLOUCESTER , MASS. (WHDH) - Firefighters battled a raging, 2-alarm house fire in Gloucester overnight that may have claimed the lives of several pets.

Fire crews responding to the fire around midnight Thursday on Essex Avenue found the house fully involved with flames shooting out of the roof, Gloucester Fire Chief Eric Smith said.

The fire was under control by about 1 a.m. and firefighters remained on scene into the morning to wet down hot spots.

The two residents who were home at the time of the fire were able to escape injury, though several pets may have died in the blaze.

The house has been deemed a total loss and is expected to be demolished “as soon as it is safe to do so,” Smith said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Gloucester Fire Department.

(Copyright (c) 2022 Sunbeam Television. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Join our Newsletter for the latest news right to your inbox