Blaze claims lives of cats, causes $40,000 in damage

by Bob Gaetjens | Editor Published:

A blaze at a manufactured home on Morgan Lane July 17 caused approximately $40,000 in damage and took the lives of five pet cats, according to Streetsboro Fire Lt. Kevin Grimm, public information officer.

"Some of them were show cats," he said. "They had more than your normal sentimental value to them."

A sixth cat was treated for smoke inhalation.

The residents of the home were not injured.

A cause has not yet been determined, but the fire, which originated in the front part of the living room, "does look accidental," Grimm said.

The Streetsboro Fire Department received a call reporting the fire at 10:35 p.m. and were able to put the fire out before it caused serious structural damage, Grimm said.

"The fire didn't get a big head start," he said. "It didn't penetrate the dry wall. Structurally, the supports in the ceilings and walls are pretty much intact."

But much of the interior and many possessions sustained smoke and heat damage, Grimm said.

"They had about two or three TVs, and they were melted," he said. "We were able to salvage some personal effects, some pictures and jewelry we were able to give to the owner."

Grimm said a great deal of clothing was lost in the blaze.

"Pretty much what they had on their feet and on their backs at the time is what they were left with," he said.

Two residents are staying with relatives nearby.

"We did call the American Red Cross, and they offered some assistance," he said.

As of press time, Grimm said it's difficult to determine what their needs will be in the coming days.

"Their insurance company is taking pretty good care of them," he said.

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