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Firefighters rescue three cats from residential fire in Atascadero

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Posted at 6:34 PM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 21:34:39-04

Crews with Atascadero Fire and Emergency Services rescued three cats from a residential structure fire Saturday afternoon.

According to a news release sent to KSBY, firefighters arrived at the 7100 block of Valle Avenue shortly after 12:30 p.m. where they found smoke coming from the roof line of a two-story home.

Officials say units were notified there was a possible victim trapped in the home, but they say she was able to escape to the front yard without any injuries.

Fire officials say three cats were rescued from the fire and placed on oxygen masks and cooled until they could be taken to a local veterinary clinic for further assessment.

Fire crews say they used several hose lines throughout the front of the home, but were unable to locate the origin of the fire due to heavy smoke. A secondary line was deployed to the back of the home, which contained the fire to the lower level.

The fire department says the home was built on a "very steep hill side with the down stairs being below grade," making it difficult for fire crews to access the lower level where they say the fire originated.

Crews estimate $550,000 worth of property value was saved from the fire, but $50,000 worth of property was lost and $10,000 worth of valuables were destroyed.

Six engines, three command vehicles, an ambulance and 19 fire crew members responded to the incident.