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Cat dies in fire after resident tries to extinguish fire with water and fire extinguisher rather than calling 911

Clackamas Fire investigators are on scene to determine a cause of a 11:49 a.m. fire that broke out Thursday at a Milwaukie home, 7001 S.E. Overland St.

PHOTO COURTESY: CLACKAMAS FIRE - Clackamas firefighters work to control a fire that broke out Thursday at a house on Overland Street in Milwaukie.Clackamas Fire Engine 301 arrived to find flames and heavy smoke coming from the structure. By the time firefighters arrived, the sole male occupant was outside so firefighters quickly deployed hose lines and made entry into the home to extinguish the fire. The fire was under control by 12:37 p.m.

No injuries were reported, but the occupant's cat did not survive.

The man told firefighters that he at home and heard the smoke alarm in another room. When he went to investigate, he found the room on fire and tried a fire extinguisher, which did not work. He also tried to put it out with water, but the fire had become too large. A neighbor called 911.

"If you hear your smoke alarm and notice a fire that is to large for a fire extinguisher exit your home quickly and call 911," said Clackamas Fire spokesman Steve Hoffeditz.

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