Pet cat dies in Appleton house fire


APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - A cat died in a house fire in Appleton early Thursday morning.

At 12:24 a.m., the Appleton Fire Department was called to the 800 block of W Fourth Street.

Firefighters encountered smoke and flames coming from the windows on the side the two-story home. Crews went inside and found smoke and flames on the first floor.

The home's occupant and a dog escaped without injury. A pet cat died in the fire.

"Fire crews had a challenging time with the firefighting efforts due to an accumulated amount of contents throughout the residence," reads a statement from the Appleton Fire Department.

It is unknown if the home had working smoke detectors.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. A damage estimate was not available.