Firefighters rescue two pets from Monticello house fire

MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) – Two pets were rescued from a house fire in Monticello Tuesday evening.

No one was at home at the time, but an employee from a nearby business noticed smoke coming from eaves, and a roof vent and called 911.

Firefighters determined the fire was located in the attic and cut a hole in the roof to help put it out.

They were able to rescue two cats who were inside the home.

Monticello Fire Assistant Chief Robert Hickman said crews were able to limit the fire damage to the attic and one bedroom.

“This is just right down the road from our station, so we got here really quickly. Crews were able to get inside and get a good knock on the fire, and really there’s not a whole lot of damage inside the living area of the home,” said Hickman.

Firefighters said the renter at the house is staying with a relative. All his possessions were able to be salvaged.

While the exact cause remains under investigation, firefighters are calling it accidental. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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