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Cat dies in Selwyn Township house fire during windstorm

A family cat died in a house fire on Buckhorn Road in Selwyn Township on Sunday night. Harrison Perkins/Special to Global News Peterborough

A young couple were able to safely escape a house fire in Selwyn Township amid Sunday’s wind storm.

The fire department responded to a structure fire on Buckhorn Road, about 10 kilometres north of the village of Lakefield, just before 7 p.m., according to Andrew Bowyer, the township’s fire prevention officer.

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He said a man and a woman expecting a child, along with their dog, were able to escape the home unharmed.

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However, he said firefighters found a family cat deceased, likely due to smoke inhalation.

Bowyer says the cause of the fire was a candle that was knocked over during a power outage during the storm. He said the fire was contained to one room.

Smoke damage was extensive throughout the home, he said.

A damage estimate has yet to be determined.

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