2 children, grandparents escape Mesa fire

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.

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