Paris firefighters pulled two house cats out of a burning home as they battled a Tuesday afternoon fire on South Highland Street.

There were no injuries reported.

According to the Paris Fire Department report, firefighters were dispatched at 12:11 p.m. Tuesday to the home at 307 S. Highland St.

On arrival, firefighters found smoke pouring from the one-story home, and began attacking the fire.

The fire was in the kitchen area and was extinguished.

During a search of the home, two house cats were located and rescued from the front room of the smoke-filled home.

The fire is thought to have originated in the home’s kitchen, according to Asst. Chief Randall Jones.

“It appeared that it was a receptacle,” Jones said. “It actually burned into the wall that the receptacle was in.”

Paris Fire Marshal Greg Andrews investigated the scene.

The home, which was occupied by Stephen O’Neill and owned by James T. Joyner of Alman Cemetery Road, was heavily damaged.

The fire was originally thought to be under control about 12:30 p.m., but 10 firefighters had to stay at the scene until nearly 3 p.m. because they had to extinguish several hot spots that were lingering.

Six fire trucks were present, including the department’s ladder truck.

Jones said the occupants were not at home at the time of the fire, but returned while firefighters were still at the scene.

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