Posted: Jan 28, 2015 5:24 AM EST Updated: Jan 28, 2015 9:05 AM EST
MINT HILL, NC (WBTV) –
A family of five escaped safely after their Mint Hill home caught fire early Wednesday morning. The family’s cat is expected to be OK after firefighters found the pet four hours later, hiding in a corner inside.
The fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. at a two story home in the 7300 block of Forrest Rader Drive, in the St. Ives neighborhood.
Firefighters say heavy smoke was showing and fire was coming from the roof of the home when they arrived.
“We could see the flames in the garage. About 15 to 20 feet up above it. We could see all the trusses burning in the garage and throughout the house,” said neighbor Terry Mullens.
No injuries were reported. Mullens said the family has older children, that one is high school aged and one is in their 20s.
Fire officials say the cat is slightly burned and has singed fur, but is expected to survive. Firefighters tended to the cat, holding it in a blanket while supplying the animal with oxygen. They say the cat was found in a corner near the garage after they battled the fire for nearly four hours.
“The family was at home this morning and they all got out safe. They’re at another family members house at this time,” said Mint Hill Fire Chief David Leath.
Mullens said a boy who lived in the home said he woke up to the smell of something burning. “Then he went downstairs, checked the kitchen and the oven… everything was fine. Then he checked the garage and it was glowing,” Mullens said.
Fire investigators are working to determine what sparked the flames. Leath says the home is a total loss.
Firefighters plan to take the cat to the vet to be checked out.
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