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A two-alarm fire that heavily damaged a home in Akron shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday also claimed the lives of two cats and a dog.

The blaze caused nearly $200,000 damage to the 2½-story home at 52 Eckerson Ave., Amherst fire officials said.

Firefighters from the Akron Fire Company observed heavy fire at the rear corner of the house when they arrived at the scene, authorities said. Akron Fire Chief Daniel Kowalik sounded a second alarm, bringing extra crews from Newstead, Clarence Center and Clarence companies, fire officials said.

A smoke detector alerted an occupant to the fire, which is believed to have started in the laundry room and spread to the kitchen. The rest of the house received smoke, heat and water damage.

Damage was placed at $120,000 to the house nd $75,000 to contents, officials said.