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Occupants of a house in the 800 block of Eleventh Street made it out safely during a Wednesday night house fire and two pets were also rescued, according to the Roanoke Rapids Fire Department.

Firefighters received the call shortly after 8:30 p.m., Chief Jason Patrick said.

Heavy flames were observed by firefighters responding to the scene and the blaze was quickly extinguished.

Firefighters searched for two animals which were still in the home. A cat was removed safely and while a dog had lost consciousness firefighters revived the pet using a special mask they carry with them to calls. “Most animals are looked on as a part of the family,” Patrick said. “It means a lot to the family.”

The fire started in the kitchen area and extended to two adjacent rooms in the home along with the attic.  

The rest of the home sustained heat and smoke damage. “The initial quick response by on-duty firefighters which consisted of eight C-shift personnel was instrumental in containing the flames and stopping the spread throughout the rest of the home,” Patrick said.

Fire crews remained on scene for roughly three hours, conducting salvage and overhaul operations.  

Along with the on-duty firefighters, 15 off-duty personnel assisted.

Halifax County EMS, Roanoke Valley Rescue Squad, Roanoke Rapids Police Department, and Roanoke Rapids Public Works also assisted.  

Patrick said it is believed the house can be repaired. “They’ll Have to do work on the interior furnishings. We had to pull some ceiling material. Some of that will have to be repaired along with the kitchen.”