SOUTH SALT LAKE A house full of clutter suffered extensive damage here from a house fire Friday. But rescuers were able to save a very large house cat that suffered smoke inhalation.
The fire in the house, 3707 S. 500 East, was confined to the walls and ceiling of mainly the kitchen area, said South Salt Lake Fire Chief Steve Foote. But there was so much garbage inside the home that firefighters had a tough time reaching the blaze, he said.
An elderly woman had lived in the house but recently moved into a care center. The woman's cat still lived in the house and family members went over occasionally to feed the feline, Foote said.
The cat, which Foote estimated was 25 pounds, was given oxygen outside the home and taken to a local vet clinic to be treated for its injuries.
Damage to the house was estimated at $100,000. Foote called the damage inside the house "extensive" and said even though it was vacant, it would be closed to occupancy.
The cause of the fire was still being investigated Friday. There were no signs of anyone breaking into the house, Foote said. But he noted all possibilities were being looked at, including possible spontaneous combustion from all the garbage that was piled up inside the home.