A fire in a Long Beach apartment killed two cats today, but no one was home when the blaze started.
The fire at 264 Covina Ave. was reported at 5:45 a.m., and firefighters arrived to find fire shooting out of a second-floor window in the fourplex, Steve Yamamoto of the Long Beach Fire Department said.
Two cats were found overcome by smoke inhalation, Yamamoto said, and resuscitation efforts by rescue crews were unsuccessful even with the use of specialized animal masks.
No one was home when the fire started, Yamamoto said.
Yamamoto said a roof deck on the building collapsed, and a firefighter who fell through the roof was uninjured. A damage estimate was unavailable, though the apartment appeared to be gutted.
How the fire started was not immediately known and the Long Beach Arson Units are investigating the cause of the blaze.