FULTON, Mo. (KMIZ)
The Fulton Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire around 11:20 a.m. on Wednesday that killed five cats.
Fulton fire chief Kevin Coffelt said firefighters responded to 408 South Ravine Street after utility workers reported seeing smoke coming from the house.
Coffelt said a space heater in the basement caused the fire.
"You don't think (space heaters) are getting that hot, but they do," Coffelt said. "You can't store combustible material next to them."
The fire department reported the fire caused $20,000 in damage.
Firefighters reported finding several cats in the basement. Coffelt said two cats were found alive and five others had died. Fulton Animal Control was called to the scene and took care of the dead animals.
One person inside the house was able to escape with a dog. Coffelt said the man didn't have any fire-related injuries and was not taken to the hospital. The fire department reported no other people were inside the house at the time.