Two pets birds died and a woman suffered from smoke-related injuries as a result of a Phenix City house fire that occurred on Monticello Street, according to fire officials.
A married was couple inside of the single-story dwelling when it caught fire, but the husband was not harmed. Overcome by smoke, the wife was treated at the Midtown Medical Center and released the same night, said Fire Sgt. Jay Wortley with the Ladonia Volunteer Fire Department.
Investigators haven't determined what caused the incident.
Ladonia firefighters were called to the couple's Monticello Street residence Sunday at about 7:15 p.m.
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Wortley said the fire was contained to one bedroom. The bedroom was a total lost and officials haven't released the estimated property damage value for the remainder of the home.
"The bathroom across from the bedroom is damaged by smoke and heat," Wortley said. "Whatever was plastic in there melted and just the whole inside of the house is smoked."
The couple altered the firefighters about their birds, but officials couldn't reach the caged pets in time.
"They were worried about the birds, and [the birds] have little, little lungs," he said. "I would say they died before we got there for the amount of smoke that was in the house when we arrived."
Officials with the Red Cross were called on the scene at about 7:31 p.m. The organization provided the couple with a three-night stay at a motel, food and clothing, according to the sergeant.