Firefighters rescue cat from duplex fire

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PHOENIX -- Firefighters ended up saving a cat after a fire broke out at a duplex near 12th Street and Oregon Avenue Wednesday morning.

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Firefighters rescue cats from burning duplex - azfamily.com's Steve Bodinet reports firefighters responded to a duplex fire and rescued two cats.

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The blaze broke out about 10 a.m. after neighbors reported seeing smoke.

Phoenix Fire Capt. Wes Trayner said the fire extended up into the attic, but crews extinguished it quickly.

According to Trayner, there was fairly significant damage to one of the apartments. The other apartment has some smoke damage.

No one was home at the time and there were no injuries.

Phoenix firefighters did find a cat inside the building, but they were able to pull it to safety.

After firefighters gave the cat oxygen and some water through a syringe, it was reportedly doing OK.

"She's my hero," Charlotte Strayhorn said about the female firefighter who saved Sugar Bear. "She's my she-ro."

Even though Strayhorn lost so much, she is focusing on what was saved.

"You gotta let go of your love of the things because your love of life outweighs that," she said.

Another cat, Romeo, was also in the duplex. Both cats were taken to an animal hospital.

Plumbers were doing some work on the building at the time, but investigators are still looking for an official cause.