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Three pets die, damage placed at $600,000 in East Amherst house fire

Damage was estimated at $600,000 in a fast-moving fire that consumed a two-story wooden house Thursday morning at 38 Stonybrook Lane in East Amherst. Two dogs and a bird died in the fire, Amherst Fire Control said.

The fire, reported by a neighbor at 10:36 a.m., broke out in a first-floor den of the home and spread to the entire house, officials said. At that point, firefighters, who initially attacked the blaze from the interior, launched an exterior attack, officials added.

Several companies from Amherst and Clarence were dispatched to battle the blaze. A Williamsville School District bus was taken to the scene to provide warmth to firefighters battling the blaze in frigid conditions.

The fire was declared under control shortly after 11 a.m. Officials identified the owner of the house as Derek L. Bock. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.