Four people and their pets managed to escape a residential fire late Tuesday night without injury, but the fire caused massive damage to the home.
Tuesday night, just before midnight, firefighters with the LaGrange Fire Department were dispatched to the 300 block of Alford Street at 11:57 p.m. for a reported structure fire.
LaGrange Firefighters arrived on the scene a few minutes later and found heavy smoke coming from the rear of the single-story, wood frame home.
Firefighters found the heavy fire coming from the kitchen area, so they entered the residence with hose in tow and began an aggressive attack on the fire.
Officials say they encountered high heat and heavy smoke conditions as they worked to put out the fire and conduct search and rescue operations. One additional cat was rescued during the search.
About an hour and a half after the initial call, the fire was officially put out as of 1:31 a.m.
LaGrange Fire investigators say the fire caused extensive damage to the kitchen, and smoke and heat damage were observed throughout the remainder of the residence.
The total damage caused by the fire is estimated at $30,000, which includes damage to the home and contents.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was caused by unattended cooking.
Fortunately, the residents and several cats managed to escape the fire with out injury. The one cat that was found trapped in the fire was treated on the scene by LaGrange Firefighters for smoke inhalation. No additional injuries were reported.
The local branch of the American Red Cross was called to the scene to provide services to the displaced occupants.