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Firefighters battle weekend fire in South Bloomington

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Bloomington Fire Department
Bloomington fire crews battle a blaze Sunday in the 1300 block of South Oak Street

A Sunday afternoon fire in South Bloomington has left three residents displaced.

According to the Bloomington Fire Department, crews responded to the 1300 block of South Oak Street for a structure fire. Once on scene, firefighters encountered flames and thick smoke coming from the front of the home.

Only one resident was home at the time of the fire. She was able to escape unharmed through a basement exit. BFD spokesperson Eric Davison said the woman asked family to transport her to a local hospital to be evaluated for smoke inhalation. She was later released.

Davison said a number of pets perished in the blaze. They included 7 ferrets, 2 guinea pigs, a rabbit, and a cat.

No further information about the cause of the fire or damage estimates is available.

This story has been updated to reflect the list of pets that died.

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