Responding units reported seeing a large smoke column. Upon arrival they encountered a large fire involving the exterior of the home and a detached garage.
A second alarm was requested at 6:24 PM to bring additional resources to aid with the multiple structures and potential for rescue operations
Fire extended into the interior of the home, and eventually into the attic space. Crews coordinated their fire attack from the interior of the home with firefighters on the roof who were cutting holes to ventilate smoke from the structure.
One occupant, who was on the main floor of the home was able to self-extricate from the fire. A passerby entered the structure and assisted the elderly occupant from the second floor just prior to PF&R's arrival. The passerby sustained a minor strain to his ankle in the process. He was evaluated on scene and declined transport.
Firefighters were able to rescue one cat and the chickens. A second cat is still unaccounted for. A dog was found deceased in the home.
Investigators are on scene working on damage estimates. The fire cause has been determined to be "Smokers Carelessness".