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Residents, animals unharmed in Cattletrack house fire

Les Bowen/The Daily Courier<br>
Firefighters carry a snake with its cage from a house after a fire on Cattletrack Road in Prescott Valley on Monday afternoon, July 27. Yavapai Central Fire District personnel said there was extensive fire damage throughout the attic after the fire that started on the back porch.

Les Bowen/The Daily Courier<br> Firefighters carry a snake with its cage from a house after a fire on Cattletrack Road in Prescott Valley on Monday afternoon, July 27. Yavapai Central Fire District personnel said there was extensive fire damage throughout the attic after the fire that started on the back porch.

PRESCOTT VALLEY - The residents of a home were not injured, nor were their five animals, in a house fire in the 6100 block of Cattletrack Road shortly after noon Monday, July 27.

A neighbor saw the fire and smoke and called 911, Yavapai Central Fire District Marshall Rick Chase said.

When they arrived, firefighters found fire and smoke in a double-wide modular home, and began fighting and containing the blaze.

All the residents of the home evacuated safely, Battalion Chief Cougan Carothers said, adding that a neighbor suffered smoke inhalation.

A rabbit and two dogs left the house with the residents, and firefighters removed a snake in its cage. A bird remained in the home, but was uninjured because it was left in a closed room without smoke or fire damage.

Chase said the fire started on the back porch, spread to the siding and then entered the attic.

"When firefighters arrived, they immediately knew it was an attic fire," he said.

Chase said the attic in the manufactured home is very low, but the fire spread through it quickly and self-ventilated through the roof.

After an investigation, including salvage and overhaul, Chase said the fire's cause remained undetermined.

"There was no one thing we could pinpoint, he said.

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