CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Fire crews in Chesterfield County battled a house fire late Tuesday morning.
The house, located on Dorius Drive, was filled with animals when the fire sparked in the kitchen.
Heroic neighbors Justin Harvey and Kayla Smith said they heard the animals inside the home and jumped into action.
“We tried to open the back door and we couldn’t see anything when we got it open,” Harvey said. “We ran around the front and I kicked in the front door, and when I got low enough, I could see there was a cat about ten feet in there.”
Several other animals were still trapped inside the home.
“Well, of course, my mind was just focused on the one cat,” Smith said. “But once she was breathing and everything we were just hoping that they (firefighters) could get the rest out of the house.”
Firefighters were able to rescue a dog, two cats and five pet rats. One cat was not able to make it out of the home and died in the fire and two others are unaccounted for.
It took crews roughly 35 minutes to mark the fire under control.
The Chesterfield County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that the fire started in the kitchen, but the exact cause remains under investigation.
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