Pet Dies in Evansville House Fire on West Maryland Street

The Evansville Fire Department says that although all of the home's occupants were able to escape safely, a kitten was lost in a fire at a West Maryland Street house on Monday.

Posted: Mar 23, 2021 8:53 AM
Updated: Mar 23, 2021 9:08 AM

New information on a house fire we first told you about on Monday has been released by the Evansville Fire Department.

EFD crews were dispatched to the fire, which took place at a home in the 1400 block of West Maryland Street, just before 4:00 p.m. on Monday.

When crews first arrived, they saw smoke coming from the upper area of the home.

Firefighters made entry into the home and discovered the fire was concentrated to the second floor and the front part of the attic. They then used tarps to cover furnishings on the first floor to minimalize smoke and fire damage there.

Within about 30 minutes, the fire was considered extinguished. 

According to EFD, the home was occupied all day by two of the five adults who live there, but when the mother came home from work, she could hear noise coming from the second floor.

EFD says the woman went to investigate the noise but was met with heavy smoke before she could reach the top of the stairs.

The home's occupants were able to evacuate the structure safely with their dog.

EFD says the occupants also had a cat with a litter of kittens that were found later, but that one kitten perished as a result of the fire.

The fire department says the fire originated from someone smoking in the upstairs bedroom and that it will be ruled accidental.


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