Ron LeeNov 14, 2017, 10:41 amNov 14, 2017, 12:14 pm

Family escapes massive fire that engulfs their Massapequa home

Pet cat that is being credited in saving lives in Gloucester Road inferno feared to be dead

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MASSAPEQUA — A family is safe after they escaped a fast-moving fire that caused a great deal of damage to their Gloucester Road home early Tuesday morning. All this comes as a family pet is being hailed a hero.

The fiery scene lit up the neighborhood for close to an hour before teams of firefighters had it under control.

Neighbor Laura Dalamack said she was woken up by two loud pops just after 1 o'clock in the morning. She told her husband to go check it out.

"He tried to get in the house to get them out. We were frantic trying to get them out," Salamack said.

Salamack and her husband, Mark, went towards the back of the house thinking they might have to break through doors to bring Peter and Susan McAvoy and their two young kids out to safety. But even after they confirmed that the family was already outside on the deck, the heroics did not stop there.

"They passed the kids over to us over the fence. And you know, we got Susan out and Peter's out, and, you know, they all came in and stayed here," Salamack said.

The fire destroyed the right half of the McAvoys’ home and it appears to have started in or just outside of the garage area. Their young son's bedroom is just above the garage and was completely destroyed. Two of the family's cars and a boat were also scorched in the flames.

While the family escaped harm from the fire, the family's cat is being credited for saving them, but is also feared to be dead.

"The homeowner said that the cat had awakened him, and that's how he realized there was a problem, and we're not sure if the cat got out," Mark Salamack said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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