A fire destroyed a Troy residence and killed two pets Monday, March 4, as slippery roads impeded firefighters' ability to respond to the blaze.

A passerby called in the fire at 11:25 a.m., stating the fire had already begun to burn through the roof of the home on Alley Lane. By the time the first firefighters arrived on scene, the house was a “raging inferno,” Troy Fire Chief Larry Raymond said.

The fire started in the center portion of the residence near the kitchen and utility room, Raymond said. No one was at the residence when the fire started, which Raymond said he and the state fire marshal’s office believe was accidental in nature.

Raymond said slippery roads hampered the response of firefighters and forced him to close routes 202 and 9 for about three and a half hours. "Only tractor-trailer trucks were allowed through, because they were unable to travel on the back roads,” Raymond said.

“It was nasty driving,” Raymond added.

Crews from Burnham, Detroit, Dixmont, Newburgh, Plymouth, Thorndike, Unity and Unity Ambulance responded to the scene. Raymond praised the efforts of all the departments, which he credited with containing the fire to the main portion of the house, saving an addition to the house and a nearby trailer.

Raymond estimated that there were probably close to 50 firefighters on scene battling the blaze.

A dog and a cat, described as best friends by Raymond, died in the fire.

“They were found close to each other,” he said.

The home was insured and no other injuries were reported as a result of the fire. Raymond said crews were on scene until about 4:30 p.m. and a fire watch was posted until about 7:40 p.m. to make sure any hot embers didn’t reignite.

An exact cause of the fire has not been released, pending verification from a third fire investigator, Raymond said.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or at bholbrook@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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