Firefighters rescue cats from burning Southeast Portland home

Firefighters work to put out a fire at a Southeast Portland home Wednesday. They rescued several cats. (KATU Photo)

A house fire involving a lot of cats in Southeast Portland is under investigation.

Portland Fire & Rescue showed up at the home near Southeast 97th and Knight Street after a neighbor spotted smoke Wednesday afternoon.

Nobody was home but there were pets inside.

A neighbor told KATU firefighters pulled several cats out of the burning home.

"They brought them out, resuscitated three of them. One of them ran off and is here in the neighborhood. They got one in a trashcan. The fireman had it, and it freaked out, so they put it in the trashcan," said Gary Frogge. "He's got his animals, and I hope he has fire insurance."

One cat was carried away by animal control.

Firefighters said an investigator did respond to the home.

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