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Monday, February 13, 2006

Cat alerts woman to fire, home destroyed

Arizona Daily Star

Tucson, Arizona - An unattended candle caused a fire that destroyed a North Side home Sunday night.

The woman who lived at the home was showering when the fire began and was alerted to it first by her cat, which was meowing loudly in an unusual way, and then by her smoke detector, said Katy Heiden, Fire/Rescue spokeswoman.

A couch and the surrounding area was on fire when the woman took her cat, went outside and called 911 from a cell phone, Heiden said.

When firefighters arrived, flames already had engulfed half of the house, a single-wide mobile home, Heiden said. Damage is estimated at $50,000. The woman, who was not identified, is staying with family, Heiden said.


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