No humans at home when fire broke out, but lizard and cat are safe, firefighters said

The fire that hit a Taft home late Saturday morning caused extensive damage, but two pets are safe.

No humans were in the house on the 400 block of Lucard Street when the fire broke out at 10:47 a.m., but firefighters rescued a large green lizard from the home and a cat was found later.

Fire crews received a report of flames coming from the roof of a residence at 10:47 a.m.

They noticed smoke coming from the area of the structure as they left Station 21 a few blocks away and called for a reinforced fire alarm, adding one more engine to the response.

Two Kern County Sheriff's deputies arrived on before firefighters and kicked in the front door and made a quick search to see if anyone was inside the home

Firefighters entered the home and found the fire was located primarily in the kitchen area

Fire crews extinguished the fire, which appeared to be located primarily in the attic of the home. Crews completed a search of the structure and found no one home except a pet lizard and the cat.
The American Red Cross is assisting the victims of the fire, an adult man and woman.

The cause is still under investigation.

The fire was under control in about 15 minutes but it caused an estimated $50,000 damage to the home.

Firefighters said $100,000 in property was saved.

The cause still under investigation.