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2 dogs escape Westfield house fire, woman arrested for setting blaze

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The house at 918 Granville Rd. in Westfield after firefighters extinguished the blaze. (The Republican). The house at 918 Granville Rd. in Westfield after firefighters extinguished the blaze. (The Republican).
WESTFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Firefighters responded to at 918 Granville Rd. early Friday morning and extinguished a house fire, but not before the roof was destroyed and heavy damage was caused throughout the house.

The alleged arsonist and her two dogs escaped the fire unharmed, according to Westfield fire Capt. Chuck Warren.

Authorities immediately began investigating the cause of the fire and determined it started in the attic of the two-story, Cape-style home, Warren said.

"When the roof partially collapsed, we pulled everybody out," Warren said.

The fire is being investigated by Westfield police and fire officials and state police troopers assigned to state Fire Marshal Stephen Coan's office.

Police charged Gloria P. Dandeneau, who resides at 918 Granville Rd., with one count of arson of dwelling for setting the 4 a.m. blaze.

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