Animal control officers spent the afternoon trying to herd in cats after a fire broke out at a home in Hickory Monday morning.
Investigators say the fire happened at a home along the 400-block of 3rd Avenue SW, in Hickory, around 11 a.m. Monday morning.
The flames from the fire reportedly broke through the upstairs of the home, where three people reportedly live.
Only one person appeared to be at home during the fire.
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Investigators say an older woman who lives in the home owns several cats. They say there were at least ten cats in the home, but could be up to twenty or more total.
The American Red Cross was called out to the home and say no one was injured in the flames.
Animal control officers on scene said the cats were okay, but scared from the incident and hiding. They were attempting to corral the cats from inside the home.
Investigators say there are no rules the number of cats allowed in a home, unless the person can't take care of them. Initial indications from the scene don't indicate that was an issue at the home.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.