TAMPA - Three cats and a 7-foot boa constrictor are safe and back in the loving arms of their owner thanks to firefighters who rescued them from a burning home Tuesday afternoon.
Tampa Fire Rescue went out to a house fire around 12:40 p.m. at 907 E. 23rd Avenue in Tampa.
Heavy smoke was coming from both floors of the two story home as well as the roof.
When firefighters went into the home to find if anyone was inside, they found and rescued three cats and the boa. No one was home.
The pets were trapped in a second floor bedroom above the fire.
The cats were taken to a rescue unit where they were given oxygen. The cats, named Luna, Bonnie and Leo, along with Melsuine, the boa constrictor, are recovering.
They are now back with their owner.
The fire, which caused significant damage to the home, was declared under control in 15 minutes.
No one was injured.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.