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Dogs saved from fire that killed cat and injured two people including firefighter

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Posted at 9:21 PM, Jan 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 21:07:41-05

JOPPA, Md (WMAR) — Two people including a firefighter were injured during a Monday house fire in Joppa.

Flames reportedly broke out around 2:45 p.m. at 1005 Emmerick Drive in Harford County. Officials say the only occupant home at the time, 18-year-old Nicolas Schweitzer first discovered the blaze in the living room of the one-story home.

It took 25 crew members from multiple local departments about 10 minutes to contain the fire.

One firefighter with the Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company sustained an unknown injury and was treated on scene. Schweitzer was able to escape with two dogs. He was taken to a hospital for observation. It was later learned a cat died in the fire.

It's estimated the fire caused a total of $40,000.00 in damages. The Red Cross is currently assisting the Schweitzer family.

Investigators with the State Fire Marshal's Office say the home was equipped with a working smoke alarm.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.