MESA, AZ - The fate of several cats is unknown after a home caught fire in Mesa early Wednesday.
A resident in the home said he came home around 2:45 a.m. from visiting his fiancee at work and saw flames coming from the roof and his truck.
Clarence Davis told ABC15 he got his fiancee's parents and two children, ages 7 and 3, out of the home. The older couple grabbed two of the smaller dogs. Firefighters found the Mastiff hiding under the bed and pulled him out. They found the St. Bernard in the backyard scared and wet, but otherwise OK.
But there were also between two and six cats in the home and it’s not yet known if they made it out safely. Homeowner Jerry Croy said there were two elderly cats in the house and he believes they may not have made it. He also said they have snakes and a lizard in a tank in the basement.
The fire apparently started outside the home near Brown and Lindsay roads. It then spread throughout the roof and attic. The roof collapsed in the center of the house, authorities said.
Davis said two vehicles were damaged in the fire. Davis thinks the fire may have been started in the bed of a pickup parked next to the house. Detectives are looking into it.
Davis also said there had been a fire at another neighborhood home recently.
The family is staying with relatives and said they have insurance. Mesa fire officials think the fire caused more than $300,000 worth of damages.
The cause of the fire is now being investigated.
Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Click on the region names in the map below to see news from that region.
Things To Do
INSIDE: View our list of events happening this week around the Valley.
RIGHT NOW: Top Stories
A gunman has surrendered after a barricade situation at Phoenix Baptist Hospital Monday morning.
Freeze watches and warnings will kick off our week as we're expecting a few frigid mornings. Find out when we'll finally break out of this cold snap.
The Peoria Police Department is using volunteers to help cut back on holiday crime by handing out report cards in busy parking lots.
Town officials in Prescott Valley have agreed to put $40,000 for promoting regional economic development.
Democratic state Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor is set to formally announce she is running for Arizona Secretary of State in 2014 after months of exploring a run for her party's nomination.
Lawyers in the racial profiling case against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office face a Monday deadline for recommending who should be appointed to monitor the agency's operations to ensure it isn't making unconstitutional arrests.