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A massive fire at 348 Cairo Junction Road in Leeds left a family homeless Thursday morning. The cause is under investigation.
August 29, 2019 05:11 pm

LEEDS — A home in Leeds went up in flames Thursday morning after an emergency caller reported a propane tank was on fire, officials said.

A woman and her dog were able to escape the burning house but three cats are missing and may have perished.

First responders were called to the scene at 348 Cairo Junction Road at about 2:20 a.m. The caller reported that a propane tank was on fire behind the home, according to the 911 alert.

An unidentified Cairo firefighter was injured while fighting the blaze, Cairo firefighter Gerry Buckley said.

“He was taken to Hudson hospital,” Buckley said. The firefighter, also from Cairo, suffered a shoulder injury.

A female occupant of the home and her dog were able to escape the blaze, Buckley said.

The property is owned by Carol Young, according to Greene County property records.

The exact cause and origin of the fire remain under investigation, Buckley said.

The residence is considered a total loss, Buckley said.

“I do believe Red Cross has been notified,” Buckley said.

Fire officials alerted the Red Cross at the family’s request.

Leeds Fire Chief Thomas McCullough could not be reached for comment.

A fundraiser has been started for the occupant of the home, Mary Young.

“After major ankle surgery, her mom in a rehabilitation center after major surgery, Mary awakened to a loud noise and being thrown across the fiery room without her crutches,” according to the fundraiser page. “Mary was able to leave the house saving their family dog but could not save her kitty babies.”

Photos of the family’s cats, named Molly, Bella and Bailey, are being shared on Facebook, in case they got out of the house and are missing.

“[Mary] is left with the clothes on her back,” according to the post. “Their house is leveled, leaving nowhere called home to return to anytime soon.”

The fire was a close call for the family, according to Catskill Fire Department.

“The family was extremely lucky and we are obviously very thankful for no fatalities,” according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.

Catskill, Leeds, Cairo, Kiskatom and West Athens fire departments were called to the scene. Hudson Fire Department sent an engine to Catskill during the call.