24 cats die in Lake County house fire

Posted: 9:38 PM, Sep 15, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-15 21:38:52-04

A house fire in Lake County killed 24 cats Tuesday morning, fire officials confirm to

The Willoughby Fire Department said they were called to the home on Wood Road at about 11:30 a.m. and found the home engulfed in flames.

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Al Zwegat, Fire Chief of the Willoughby Fire Department, said at one time there was fire on all three floors of the house.

No one was home when the fire started, according to officials.

Due to the fire’s intensity, crews called for mutual aid and nearly 10 other departments responded to help.

Fire officials confirm at least 24 cats died in the fire, most likely from smoke inhalation.

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Two cats made it out of the home safely, according to the fire department.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and the Red Cross is working with the family to find a place to stay.


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