A Tuesday morning house fire killed a Sibley woman along with some of the cats that stayed at the house.

The fire was reported about 6:12 a.m., the Fort Osage Fire Protection District said, and while firefighters quickly had the blaze out they found a 74-year-old woman dead in a rear corner bedroom. She reportedly died from smoke inhalation.

The woman, whose name has not been publicly released, reportedly had several rescue cats, some of which died. Independence Animal Services picked up 11 cats that survived, and director Christina Heinen said the department will continue working with the family if other cats are found.

The fire’s cause remains under investigation from the state fire marshal but does not appear to be suspicious, Fort Osage Chief John Yocum said.

– Examiner staff