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Two cats die in apartment fire

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By: Hannah Paczkowski

The Patrick family was watching TV Tuesday night when they heard a fire alarm blaring.

"We opened the door and you could just see smoke," Judith Patrick said.

Investigators ticketed one of the young adults in the house for careless smoking. The blaze started in a second floor bedroom of the apartment building.

"It appears that crews making a fast attack were able to hold the fire to the room of origin, allowing all of the occupants to get out," LFR Battalion Chief Leo Benes said.

No one was hurt except two of the family's cats who died of smoke inhalation.

"It's heartening, it really is, my children are devastated, me and my husband are at a loss for words," Patrick said.

Wednesday, the Patrick family went back to their apartment only to find heavy smoke damage and scraps of a few of their belongings. It was a heartbreaking sight for the family.

"We got to see all of our belongings destroyed, we're actually witnessing the aftermath of just how much damage that this has caused and it's horrible," Patrick said.

In this time of tragedy for the family, Patrick said she still has hope they can move back in to their apartment.

"This is our home and we like it here and even if it takes them two to three months, we'll be back when it's done," she said.

The family was still able to save two of their other cats and they've all been relocated by the Red Cross.

Investigators said damage was about $30,000.

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