A Roeland Park house fire in the 5200 block of Catalina was contained quickly this morning after a neighbor saw smoke coming from the back of the house and awakened the homeowner.
After leaving the house, the homeowner had returned to get her cat and was back inside the home when Roeland Park Police Chief John Morris and Sgt. Cory Honas first arrived on the scene. Morris said a neighbor was standing out in front with his dog and told police that the homeowner had gone back inside.
Morris brought the woman out as firefighters were arriving. She was the only occupant. Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Scott said crews did see the cat safe in the house later, moving around on the first floor. The owner was able to get back inside the home later this morning.
The fire, which was called in at 7:05 a.m., was burning in the exterior wall of an upstairs bathroom. Scott said charring also was found in the wall below the bathroom on the first floor, indicating that it had been burning for some time. The homeowner had smelled smoke in the house the night before.
It took firefighters less than 30 minutes to put out the fire. They ran hoses through the house and up to the second floor and removed part of the wall in the upstairs bathroom.
Normally, the older homeowner sleeps on the second floor, but last night decided to sleep downstairs. Smoke was pouring out of the second floor when police and firefighters arrived.
All of the units from Stations 21 and 22 in Consolidated Fire District No. 2 responded to the fire.