3 people, 5 cats safe after fire destroys Wilmington rowhome

Fire guts a rowhome in Wilmington. (Mike Phillips/WDEL)

An early morning fire destroyed a rowhome in Wilmington.

The fire broke out at West 39th and Shipley streets in the city's northwest section at 3:20 a.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2016.

Firefighters said the flames started on the second floor deck of the two-story end unit residence and raged through an attic that was full of combustible materials.

Fire destroys a row home in Wilmington. (Mike Phillips/WDEL)

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Three people and five cats escaped the flames; three of the cats had to be rescued by firefighters.

The adjoining property was also damaged by smoke and water with its attic needing ventilation by firefighters.

The residences at 16 West 39th Street was condemned by the city's licensing and inspection unit.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Wilmington Fire Marshal's office.

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