OCALA, Florida. – A dog and a cat died and four other cats were injured in an apartment fire in Ocala on Monday morning, crews said.
According to Ocala Fire Rescue, crews responded to the scene around 9:23 a.m. at NE 14th Street and NE 17th Avenue after hearing reports of smoke in the area.
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Firefighters said they saw a two-story apartment building with smoke coming from the roof of a unit in building #1700.
Crews burst through the door of the unit and put out a kitchen fire before completing a search of the apartment, according to firefighters.
Firefighters said they found no one in the building, but found a dog and five cats on the second floor.
Despite the use of oxygen masks to treat smoke-breathing animals, firefighters said one dog and one of five cats died.
According to firefighters, the apartment was deemed uninhabitable due to the damage and Red Cross assistance was requested.
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