3 safely escape from Highlands Ranch house fire; 2 cats get oxygen after being rescued

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -- Three people were able to get out of a home after a fire broke out in a basement early Tuesday morning, the Littleton Fire Department said.

The fire broke out about 2 a.m. in the 500 block of Northridge Road in Highlands Ranch.

Residents heard smoke detectors and smelled smoke and were able to evacuate without suffering injuries.

Firefighters got the fire under control. They rescued two cats and treated them with oxygen. They were taken to an animal emergency room for further care.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.