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NEW ORLEANS -- Rue Casey is grateful her cat and two birds made it out of a fire just after 5 a.m.

'The fire department went and got them and brought them to me, not just to remove them from the house to safety, but they brought them to me to show me that they were OK,' Casey said. 'And that was just amazing.'

Casey wasn't home at the time of the fire. It happened at about 5:20 a.m. in the 2000 block of Lowerline Street.

Firefighters pulled her roommate from his bed, although their neighbor tried to help even before rescuers crews arrived.

'When I opened the door I could see the flames coming across the ceiling, the roof, so I ran out the back, started banging on the wall to see if I could get my neighbor to wake up,' said fire victim Jeff Corber.

Corber said his smoke detector wasn't working. His neighbors woke him up, and then he called 911.

It's a good thing, too the fire in their Upperline duplex spread quickly.

'Well above the roof line,' Corber said. 'It really climbed fast and consumed that side of the house, i would say, in less than 10 minutes.'

They're now working with the Red Cross to get help finding a place to stay.

'You never think that anything like that is going to happen to you. I mean, I passed on renter's insurance for life insurance because I thought it would be so much more likely that I'd get hit by a bus than my house would catch on fire,' Casey said.

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