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Firefighters rescue cats, snake from Tampa home fire

Tampa firefighters rescued three cats and a boa constrictor from a burning house Tuesday afternoon and treated the felines to some oxygen in the back of a rescue truck.

The cats, named Luna, Bonnie and Leo, made a full recovery as did the 7-foot-long boa named Melsuine.

No humans were injured in the 12:40 p.m. blaze at 907 E. 23rd Ave.

Firefighters said they responded to the alarm at the two-story house and arrived to find smoke coming from both floors and the roof of the home. They went into the structure to search for people and found the animals in a second-floor bedroom.

The cats and snake were turned over to their owner, Tania Jimenez, 31.

The fire, which caused significant damage to the house, was under control in about 15 minutes, firefighters said. The cause and origin of the blaze is under investigation.

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