Two houses damaged in Saturday morning blaze, kitten rescued

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Early Saturday morning, authorities responded to reports of a house fire near Fountain Square in downtown Indianapolis.

Around 3:30 a.m., the Indianapolis Fire Department arrived to the 900 block of Woodlawn Avenue to a house with visible flames coming out of it.

The fire started in a vacant home and then spread next door to an occupied house.

Police say the man living there was woken up by a passerby who saw the fire on the back of the houses.

There was damage to both houses, but most of the damage was to the vacant home.

Once the blaze was brought under control, firefighters heard a kitten meowing from the bottom of an outside well near the vacant structure.

The cat was about 6 feet down and covered in muck. Using a ventilation hook and rope, firefighters were able to lasso the kitten and raise it to safety.

After cleaning up the kitten, firefighters took the cat to the station and will take it to the vet in the morning.

The crew named the cat Ember.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire.