A house at 44 Mayo Road was left uninhabitable by fire on Friday, even though the blaze was quickly extinguished by firefighters. Three people in the house at the time – two adults and one child – escaped unharmed, but two pet cats died from smoke.

Wellesley Fire Chief Rick DeLorie said the fire was reported at about 5:30 p.m and was knocked down within 30 minutes. “Most firefighting crews were relieved by 8:30 and the last crew left approximately at 9 p.m.,” he said. The homeowner arrived home after the fire was extinguished.

 

The two-arm fire started in the rear of the house. DeLorie said there was extensive fire damage to several rooms and significant smoke damage to the entire house.

Crews from Wellesley, Needham, Natick, Newton and Weston “did a great job,” the chief said. Waltham and Watertown provided additional coverage at the Wellesley stations.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by Wellesley Fire and Police, as well as state fire marshal investigators.