Homeowners displaced, one cat dies in Appleton house fire

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APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) The owners of a home are displaced and one cat is dead following a fire on Wednesday at around 8:52 p.m. at 516 North Bateman Street.

The Appleton Fire Department says the caller reported the fire was in the kitchen. Once crews arrived, they found smoke and flames coming from the first floor of the two-story home. Crews were able to quickly put the fire out in the kitchen. They add that significant damage was done to the kitchen with heat and smoke damage to other areas of the house. 

The fire department adds there were no smoke alarms sounding in the home when they arrived. The occupants of the home have been displaced and are working with their insurance company for assistance. 

Crews then found two cats after searching the home. They provided oxygen to both cats, and performed CPR on one of them. Both were transported to a veterinary clinic by a private vehicle. Unfortunately, one of the cats did not survive.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and there is no damage estimate at this time.

The Appleton Fire Department encourages everyone to have working smoke alarms on each level of their home, and to have a home escape plan with a meeting place, so everyone can be quickly accounted for should a fire occur. 

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