Two tenants made it out of a home that caught on fire on Cameron Street in Victoria early Friday.
Nineteen firefighters responded to the home just before 2 a.m. for a report of a structure fire, with three engines, an aerial ladder truck, a rescue truck and a battallion chief command vehicle in tow.
Crews say the house was fully involved when they arrived and flames could be seen from the north and east side of the home.
Two tenants were accounted for outside, but unfortunately two of four cats in the home did not survive. Crews tried to resuscitate one of the cats unsuccessfully.
Firefighters eventually knocked down the blaze with an exterior attack, then moved inside to extinguish flames in the attic and roof.
The total cost of damage is estimated to be $300,000, with the rear half of the home damaged.
The cause remains under investigation.