Kutztown firefighters rescued two cats from a burning house Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 26, authorities reported.

Fire Chief Michael Russo said the cats are being examined at Kutztown Animal and Bird Hospital in Maxatawny Township.

Two other cats are believed to have escaped from the house at 673 Luella Drive, he said.

Two residents displaced by the fire and are being sheltered by the American Red Cross of Berks County. They were not injured.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Flames were leaping from an upstairs front bedroom when firefighters arrived around 12:20 p.m.

Firefighters battled the fire for about 1½ hours before bringing it under control.

Fire damage was contained to the bedroom, Russo said, but there was smoke and water damage to much of the structure.

Crews encountered frigid temperatures and ice from the morning’s storm. As a precaution, the Macungie Ambulance Rehabilitation Unit responded.

No firefighters were injured.

Kutztown borough street crews salted the street even before firefighters arrived, Russo said.

While the fire was held to one alarm, Russo said Kutztown was joined by units from surrounding areas of Berks and Lehigh counties.

Among them were fire crews from Topton, Lyons, Fleetwood, Kempton, Virginville, Walnuttown and Blandon. Units from South Whitehall Township and Macungie in Lehigh County also responded. Ambulances from Kutztown, Topton and Fleetwood were on hand.

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