UPDATE: Cause of house fire identified after dogs, cats rescued

1 month 4 days 17 hours ago Wednesday, August 26 2020 Aug 26, 2020 Wednesday, August 26, 2020 2:58:00 PM CDT August 26, 2020 in News
By: Steve Lambson and Halle Upshaw, KOMU 8 News Content Manager and Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Investigators said a house fire started in the kitchen due to unattended cooking. 

The damages are around $5,000. 

Firefighters responding to a house fire in Columbia on Wednesday rescued two cats and a dog, and said a second dog got to safety on its own.

The fire happened shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday on Jewell Avenue. Crews arrived and saw heavy smoke coming from the home. They said all people inside got out safely, and told firefighters about the pets.

Firefighters got the fire under control in about 20 minutes, and said damage was limited to the basement. No one was hurt. Crews gave oxygen to the two cats, who were otherwise unhurt.

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