BRADENTON -- Bradenton Fire Department officials say a lit candle started a house fire at 3:49 p.m. Monday.
The blaze was at 2304 42nd St. W, Bradenton.
Fire department units found a single family residential home with smoke and flames showing from the rear from the house, according to a Bradenton Fire Department report.
The homeowner told fire officials that everyone was out of the house except for two dogs and one cat. Crews were able to successfully rescue all the family pets and treat them for smoke inhalation before transporting them to a veterinarian for further treatment.
All three pets are reported to be in stable condition, according to the report.
Fourteen firefighters from the Bradenton Fire Department responded to the fire along with six firefighters from West Manatee Fire & Rescue.
The report does not indicate how much damage the house sustained but it does say Search and Rescue crews entered and found a bedroom fully involved with fire and heavy smoke spread through the entire house.
Two investigators from the Bradenton Fire Department determined a candle was the cause of the fire, the report states.