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Cat Sparked Fire That Left Erie Families Homeless

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 It would appear a cat is partly to blame, for a fire that left a number of Erie families without a permanent place to live.

The fire broke out around 1:00 Wednesday morning, in an apartment house in the area of east 13th and Wallace streets.

Nobody was hurt, but there are four apartments in the building, so the fire left a number of people displaced.

Chief Fire Inspector Guy Santone says the fire started when a cat knocked over a heat lamp, that was being used to keep an iguana warm.

Both a cat and the iguana died in the fire.

Fire fighters were able to contain the fire to a bedroom on the second floor, they had it out in about 10 minutes. However, there was lots of smoke and water damage throughout the home.

The affected families are getting help from the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

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