At 6:49 p.m., a neighbor called 911 to report an alarm bell going off and smoke and fire inside a two-story home locate in the 3800 block of South Mead Street. Engine 28 arrived to find flames shooting from the front door and fire visible on the first floor of the house. Firefighters made entry and knocked down the fire on both the first and second floor of the house. It took about 37 minutes to completely extinguish the flames.
The homeowners were not home at the time of the fire but did arrive on the fire scene minutes after firefighters arrived. Fire crews found two deceased dogs on the second floor of the house.
The American Red Cross was called out to assist one adult male and one adult female with temporary shelter.
The first floor of the home was being remodeled at the time of the fire. The staining rags were left in a front entryway.
The Fire investigator determined the fire was an accidental fire caused by the spontaneous combustion of the stain rags which caught nearby combustibles on fire.
The damage estimate is $35,000 to the house and $10,000 to the contents.
There were no injuries.