Fire damaged a unit at the Jennifer Place Apartments in Lexington just before noon Monday.
Firefighters arrived to find light smoke coming from the apartment at 1760 Jennifer Road. They quickly extinguished a blaze in one bedroom, Battalion Chief Todd Samuelson said.
No one was home when the fire broke out, but a cat was inside, Samuelson said. Firefighters administered oxygen to the pet but were unable to revive it, he said.
Firefighters were dispatched at 11:45 a.m., Samuelson said.
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Damage was limited because the fire was called in quickly, Samuelson said. The unit's occupants won't be able to return Monday, but the rest of the building's residents will be able to return to their homes. The displaced occupants were provided shelter by the American Red Cross, fire officials said.
Traffic on Jennifer Road was blocked and vehicles on Eastland Drive were slowed because of emergency crews and vehicles.
Battalion Chief Joe Best said the fire was remained under investigation late Monday afternoon.
It was Monday morning's second fire in Lexington. A house on East Second Street was damaged when a fire broke out in a bedroom just after midnight.