OCALA, Fla. – A dog and a cat died, and four other cats were injured, in an Ocala apartment fire 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 through the roof from a unit located in building #1700.
Crews burst through the door of the unit and doused a kitchen fire before completing a search of the apartment, according to fire rescue.
Fire officials said they found no people in the building but did find a dog and five cats on the second floor.
Despite using oxygen masks to treat the animals for breathing in smoke, firefighters said a dog and one of the five cats died.
According to fire rescue, the apartment was deemed uninhabitable due to the damage and Red Cross assistance was requested.
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