Palmdale – A home in the 39100 Block of Yucca Tree Street in Palmdale was gutted by flames Friday afternoon.
Homeowner, Kenneth Burgett, said he was at home with his three cats when the fire started.
“I was sitting in my office looking at my computer when the house started to smell funny,” Burgett said. “I looked down the hallway and the smoke was right on the floor…”
Burgett said he managed to get out of a front window.
Firefighters received the call around 3:45 p.m. and responded minutes later.
Firefighters were able to rescue at least one of Burgett’s cats. The cat was overcome by smoke inhalation and was given oxygen by firefighters. The other two cats perished in the blaze.
The fire was knocked down around 5 p.m. and the structure was declared a total loss, officials said.
Burgett, who said he’s lived in the home for 12 years, speculated on the cause of the fire.
“Someone stole the pump from my swamp cooler and I have been using it like that,” he said. “Maybe that’s what caused the fire.”
The incident is under investigation.