Three cats died from smoke inhalation in Ypsilanti apartment fire
A couch fire caused by a carelessly discarded cigarette Friday night in an Ypsilanti apartment left three cats dead and the residents temporarily homeless, firefighters said.
Lt. Scott Maddison of the Ypsilanti Fire Department says the call came in about 10:45 p.m. Friday from a neighbor reporting the fire in the 300 block of Pearl Street near North Hamilton and West Michigan Avenue.
The occupants of the home had been gone for an estimated 90 minutes when the fire was reported, he said.
In addition to the Ypsilanti Fire Department, the Ypsilanti Township Fire Department, Pittsfield Township Fire Department and the Ann Arbor Fire Department all responded to the scene of the fire.
Madison says that the three cats succumbed to smoke inhalation. The apartment is not livable and the damage is estimated at $16,000. Two other apartments had to be evacuated, but tenants were permitted to return.