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37 Cats Rescued from 2-Alarm Fire; Man Dies

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A few of the 37 cats rescued from a 2-alarm fire that claimed the life of a man in Herndon. (credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

A few of the 37 cats rescued from a 2-alarm fire that claimed the life of a man in Herndon. (credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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HERNDON, Va. (CBSDC) — Firefighters rescued 37 cats from a two-alarm fire that claimed the life of a man in Herndon.

A woman called 911 around 11 p.m after hearing an explosion inside the garage of her home, located in the 12800 block of Willow Glen Court. She told authorities her husband still inside.

The fire destroyed the attached garage and damage is estimated to be $175,000.

It appears all of the cats in the home survived the fire. Neighbors say the couple breed the animals.

Authorities say the felines will be taken to local shelters.

Police and HazMat officials had been called to the home previously, a neighbor tells WNEW’s Kevin Patrick.

The man’s body was discovered after the fire was extinguished. Police have not released his identity.

WNEW’s Kevin Patrick contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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