Cat alerts couple to house fire on Lime Kiln Road |

Cat alerts couple to house fire on Lime Kiln Road

Awakened by the sound of their cat making a ruckus upstairs, a southern Nevada County couple discovered a fire in an unoccupied bedroom of their home on Lime Kiln Road.

The blaze was reported at 5 a.m. Wednesday. It destroyed a portion of the upstairs and caused smoke damage.

A man was treated and released from the hospital for minor burns to his feet, according to Nevada County Consolidated Fire Department Battalion Chief Spike Newby. The woman and the couple’s dogs were not injured.

The cat that alerted them of the blaze perished.

“I’m guessing the cat was in the room where the fire originated, with the door closed,” Newby said.

The couple had recently remodeled the ground floor of the home, which is about 25 or 30 years old, Newby said.

“They had finished downstairs and took a break from remodeling,” he said. “They had cleared everything out. There weren’t many personal belongings.”

Firefighters from Nevada County Consolidated, Grass Valley Fire Department and Calfire got the blaze under control within 30 minutes, Newby said. The last crew cleared out at about 10 a.m.

The cause is still under investigation.

Building inspectors are doing preliminary inspections to determine if the home is safe to occupy.

In the meantime, Red Cross volunteers are providing emergency shelter for the couple and an elderly woman living in a trailer on the property, Red Cross volunteer Beverly Parr said.

To contact Staff Writer Michelle Rindels, e-mail or call (530) 477-4247.

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