From staff reports

New Gloucester firefighters battled a house fire Thursday morning that killed two family pets.

New Gloucester Fire & Rescue responded to a 911 call about a house fire at 9:05 a.m. at 44 Targett Road. A neighbor shoveling snow noticed smoke coming from the eaves of the home and dialed 911.

The first firefighters to arrive located the fire in the kitchen. It was extinguished in minutes and appeared to be confined to the kitchen, although heavy smoke and heat damaged other parts of the home.

A dog and cat died in the fire. Two other cats remain missing.

“The bedroom doors were closed in the home,” Capt. Scott Doyle said. “This kept fire, the heavy smoke and heat from entering (the bedrooms) until we opened them up. This saved many of their belongings from being engulfed.”

The homeowners, who were at work at the time, said they did not notice anything out of the ordinary before leaving. The house had a smoke detector, but it was not clear if it was working.

The walls and personal items in the house sustained damage in the kitchen, living room, hallway and bathroom.

New Gloucester firefighters were assisted by fire departments from Gray, Poland, Durham and Raymond.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.