Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A home in southeast Rochester is a total loss after a Sunday night fire.

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The Rochester Fire Department said crews responded to a call of a house fire in the 900 block of 16 ½ street southeast around 9:45 p.m. The homeowner was outside and told crews on the scene that all of the people and one dog had escaped, but one cat had not exited.

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Officials said that firefighters discovered a fire in the basement spread quickly, compromising floors and stairways and making entry into the home dangerous. Crews were able to remove the cat from the home's main floor. Life-saving efforts were made with equipment specifically for feline patients but were unsuccessful.

Crews remained on scene throughout the night controlling hot spots within the building. Authorities said that the sustained operations and cold temperatures required a rotation of fire crews including off-duty personnel, who were called in to augment the on-duty force.

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The fire was confined to the original home involved and no neighboring homes suffered damage.

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