Sixteen cats were killed after an Indio home caught fire on Tuesday.

Two dozen firefighters responded to the blaze on Dillon Avenue and were able to knock it down in 17 minutes, according to KMIR. But not before sixteen cats died.

According to John Welsh, Riverside County Department of Animal Services spokesman, the owner of the home had been staying with a relative in Palm Springs due to a health issue.

One cat survived the fire.  Damage to the home is estimated at $50,000, notes

The city of Indio has a limit of nine cats per home.

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