Five residents were displaced and six pets perished in a fire that destroyed a house near Carsins Run early Monday morning.
Just after 2:45 a.m. on Monday emergency responders were dispatched to the 1300 block of North Stepney Road in Aberdeen for a reported fire in a one-story wood frame ranch style single family dwelling.
Forty firefighters from the Aberdeen Fire Department responded to the single-alarm blaze and had it under control within 90 minutes.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal estimated the fire caused $275,000 in damage to the structure and another $75,000 in damage to its contents. None of the adult occupants of the home were injured, but as a result of the fire three dogs, two cats, and a guinea pig perished.
The fire was discovered by a passing motorist. The fire originated in the interior of the home, but its preliminary cause remains under investigation.
The displaced residents and are being assisted by the American Red Cross.