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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Nearly 100 cats died in a San Jose house fire that also nearly killed the woman who lived there.

The San Jose Mercury News reports ( http://bit.ly/15JZ06r) that firefighters early Tuesday had to cut through metal netting to save the woman in her 70s who had installed the fencing to keep the cats from escaping.

The woman is a volunteer cat rescuer who cares for and neuters the felines for adoption.

She woke up to the sound of her lone dog barking after her fire alarm failed to sound and saw smoke billowing from a bedroom.

A fire dispatcher told her to stay low until crews got there and cut through the fencing that trapped her.

About six cats survived.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com


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