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RMFD saves 7 pets in morning fire

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Rural Metro Fire crews are credited with saving the lives of 6 kittens and a dog during a mobile home fire on Tucson’s South Side on Monday morning, according to Rural Metro Fire Dept. spokesman Battalion Chief John Walka.

Unfortunately, two cats did not survive, Walka said. 

RMFD was dispatched to a report of smoke coming from a double wide mobile home in the area of Country Club and Old Vail Roads at approximately 7:30 a.m., Walka said.

Crews arrived on scene to find smoke and flames coming from the south end of the home near the bedrooms.

Everyone inside of the home was able to evacuate before firefighters arrived, Walka said. One person was taken to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation.

Several pets were still inside the home, Walka said.

Firefighters were able to rescue a dog and a litter of 6 kittens, all of which suffered smoke inhalation, Walka added.

Firefighters administered oxygen and first aid to the animals on the scene, Walka said. The Kittens were then transported by Pima Animal care for further treatment.

Fire crews were able to contain the fire to a bathroom and bedroom and had the fire under control within 10 minutes of arriving on scene, according to Walka. There was smoke damage throughout the home.

Investigators have determined the cause of the fire to be accidental electrical, Walka said.

There were smoke detectors in the home; however it does not appear that they were working, Walka added.

RMFD would like to remind everyone to check their smoke detectors and change their batteries every 6 months.

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