NORTH HIGHLANDS –
One local resident risked his life to save his cat after he discovered his duplex was on fire early Saturday morning. The man says he woke up to loud popping sounds which prompted him to walk outside of his unit on Lewis Carroll Way. When he looked forward he saw his duplex ablaze, and ran back inside to get his cat.
On the way out of the duplex, the man says he tripped. When he looked up the fire was already burning above him. The man claimed it became difficult to breathe and he had to crawl the rest of the way to the front door but made it safely out. At this point, the cat’s condition is unknown.
Forty-four firefighters worked to put the fire out which reached 2 alarms. It appears the fire started from the outside of one duplex and quickly spread to the neighboring duplex. All together, three duplex units were damaged and 8 people lost their homes.
Metro Fire would like to remind everyone to remain outside if your houses is on fire. A burning house’s atmosphere can become deadly within seconds.