NORTH HIGHLANDS (CBS13) – A two-alarm duplex fire forced several North Highlands residents out of their homes in the early hours of Saturday.

Fire crews responded to a report of visible flames from a duplex in the 4800 block of Lewis Carroll Way just after 3 a.m.

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Sac Metro says the fire started on the outside of one duplex and quickly spread to an adjacent unit, as well as a neighboring duplex.

(Credit: Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District)

(Credit: Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District)

No injuries were reported, but one resident had a close call when he went back to save his cat.

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“He heard a lot of popping outside. He looked outside and saw fire. He went back in to get his cat and fell down as he was coming back out and the fire was already over the top of him. He’s lucky to have made it out tonight and we’re glad he did,” said Battalion Chief Maurice Johnson.

Forty-four firefighters battled the fire before they were able to put it out.

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The cause of the fire is still unknown.