A rural Norwalk couple have had to find other living arrangements after a fire early this morning caused more than $100,000 in damages.
The Townsend Township Volunteer Fire Department received a 9-1-1 call at 2:50 a.m. from a neighbor about a structure fire at 1766 Scranton Road. The home belongs to Lee Woods and his wife.
"It was pretty much a total loss," Chief Bob Johannsen said. "It was a shame. It was pretty engulfed when we got there."
The Woods, who were home at the time, were able to get out and were not injured. Firefighters saved a puppy, but one of the couple's dogs died.
"She was upset they lost their dog," Johannsen said. "One cat might have left."
The fire started in the northwest corner of the home, but the exact cause is undetermined.
"We have a good idea where it started," Johannsen said. "We're leaning toward electrical. ... There's no cause for arson."
The chief said firefighters used about 20,000 gallons of water to fight the blaze, which was under control in about 30 minutes.
"The guys did a good job of knocking it down," he said.
More than a dozen Townsend firefighters received mutual aid from the Norwalk and New London fire departments. Johannsen estimated Norwalk sent eight firefighters with their tanker and pumper and New London sent one or two people.
The Norwalk firefighters were on scene until 6 a.m. Firefighters were at the home for about 31/2 hours.