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    Fitchburg woman escapes kitchen fire in home

    A Fitchburg woman and two cats were caught in a small kitchen fire inside a two-and-a-half-story house Wednesday morning, the fire chief said.

    Fire officials saw light smoke near the back of the 15 Arlington St. home at 9:52 a.m. and found the blaze began in a kitchen pantry on the first floor, fire Chief Kevin D. Roy said. The woman inside escaped without any injuries, he said.

    “It wasn’t huge; it was a quick knockdown,” Roy said. “The damage was mainly contained to the kitchen.”

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    There was also smoke damage to the floor above, but it wasn’t serious, he said.

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    Firefighters pulled one of the cats out of the Victorian-style house and haven’t found the second one, but both are believed to be OK, Roy said.

    “We think the other one might have hid or ran out of the house,” he said.

    No further information about the cause of the fire or estimated damages was immediately available.

    Elise Takahama can be reached at elise.takahama@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @elisetakahama.