RED OAK – Firefighters were able to rescue 18 birds and seven cats from a home after a fire broke out on Saturday afternoon.

Red Oak firefighters were notified about a possible structure fire at 1:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Creekview Drive.

“Nobody was home at the time. The guys went in and, in about 15 minutes, were able to get the fire under control. They were able to contain it to one bedroom. Nobody was hurt,” said Ben Blanton, the Red Oak Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Marshal. “As far as we know no animals perished.”

Blanton said the fire started in a back bedroom of the home, located near the garage. Fire damage was contained the bedroom and smoke damage occurred throughout the home, with total damage estimated at about $20,000. The power was cut to the structure. Red Oak received assistance from the Glenn Height, Ovilla and Lancaster fire departments during the call.

Blanton said residents were not able to reoccupy the structure. The fire department was going to contact the American Red Cross for assistance, but residents told them they would be staying with friends in the area. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Red Oak Fire Department. Firefighters cleared the scene at 4:15 p.m.

 

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