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Oro Valley house fire displaces family

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Oro Valley house fire displaces family

By Kristen Rademacher. CREATED May 4, 2014 - UPDATED: May 4, 2014

ORO VALLEY (KGUN9-TV) -  Crews with Northwest Fire arrived at the 3300 block of West Calle Cereza to find a carport fully on fire and the fire had extended into the home.

Cpt. Adam Goldberg with Northwest Fire tells KGUN that crews made a quick attack on the fire from the inside of the home and limited fire damage to the kitchen area.  Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to the remaining areas of the house. There was smoke damage throughout the entire home.

The occupant of the home was not at the house at the time of the fire but returned during firefighting operations.

Goldberg says a passerby was alerted by neighbors of a cat that was still inside the fire.  This Good Samaritan entered the backyard and broke out the sliding glass door window to allow the cat to escape to safety.

Northwest fire cautions everyone to never enter a home on fire to rescue property or pets. Firefighters are equipped with gear and respiratory protection to effect rescue.  Even breaking or opening windows is hazardous because it changes the air flow  and potentially allows the fire to spread and grow rapidly.

There is $80,000 worth of damage at this time.

Fire cause investigators from Northwest fire are currently investigating to determine the cause of the fire.

The Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting a mother and her adult son along with their two dogs and cat with food and lodging.