The Nevada Fire Department responded to a “fully-engulfed house fire” in Nevada on Sunday afternoon, according to officials.


Though calls to the the Nevada Fire Department were not immediately returned, the department posted on its Facebook page that a neighbor had called in the fire at 905 C Ave. shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.


The house’s occupants were not home at the time, according to homeowner Lacey Johnson.


“We went to run an errand and were gone for about 15 minutes. We got the phone call, booked it back home and they already had the fire almost completely out by the time we got here,” she said.


The fire department was, however, made aware of two cats still inside the home.


“Crews immediately made a push into the home during hot conditions with zero visibility and located one cat who was not able to be resuscitated using specialized masks and oxygen,” the department’s Facebook post read. “The very scared second cat was rescued from the home. After several minutes of oxygen using a pet mask donated to our department, the cat was released to the owners unharmed.”


Johnson said the deceased cat was “laid to rest” on Monday, and the surviving cat was scheduled to be seen by a veterinarian.


The fire was quickly brought under control by the departments on scene, the department’s post read, but “the fast moving fire caused extensive damage to the home.”


Johnson said she is “happy that we are both alive and that everyone else is ok.”


“Everything is replaceable, but people and pets are not. That’s the hardest part,” she said. “We can buy new things. We have so much love and support for supplies and places to stay, and honestly, it’s the community that’s important and I couldn’t say anything better about our neighbors and the city of Nevada.


“We love living here and this is exactly why. It’s just a house. It can be rebuilt, and everything in it can be bought again.”


Nevada Fire Department was assisted by Nevada Police, Colo Fire Department, Maxwell Fire Department, Nevada Rehab Technicians and Story Communications Dispatch Center. Twenty staff responded to the call, according to the department’s post, along with 18 additional firefighters from the mutual aid partners.