Fire crews were unable to save 37 cats in a West Knoxville house fire. (Photo: Knoxville Fire Department)
KNOXVILLE (WBIR) -
Thirty-seven cats were killed in an overnight fire in West Knoxville, according to the Knoxville Fire Department.
KFD crews extinguished the flames shortly after midnight, and assisted three cats with oxygen in the front yard of the house fire on the 4600 block of Ball Camp Pike. The three cats crews saved "seem to be doing fine," according to KFD spokesperson D.J. Corcoran.
Firefighters were unable to save the remaining 37 cats.
Fire crews found two residents safely out of the burning home upon arrival early Tuesday morning.
Corcoran said the fire appears to have started in the rear bedroom, but the exact cause is unknown as of 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Authorities contacted the American Red Cross to provide assistance to the family.