EASTON - The new year got off to a rough start for a local couple who saw their home go up in flames.

The fire broke out just before noon on Everett Road. Neighbors say two of the couples' cats were killed.

Firefighters had to bring in their own water to extinguish the fire.

The building dates back to a time when homes were made of heavy wood. Neighbors say they made a futile attempt to battle the flames with garden hoses before officials arrived, but it was too late.