EL SOBRANTE -- A single-story home sustained significant damage after a fire Friday afternoon, according to a fire official.

One person was taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. No serious injuries were reported.

Bryan Craig with the Rodeo-Hercules Fire Protection District said crews were called to the 4500 block of Hilltop Drive around 2:51 p.m. When they arrived on scene, firefighters saw smoke and flames bursting from the front of the house and then heard two explosions from inside the house.

Those explosions, it was later discovered, came from two oxygen cylinders that were inside the home.

A man inside the home was able to escape sometime after the fire began, Craig said, and he was treated by paramedics on scene before he was transported to a hospital for smoke inhalation.

Though crews tried to rescue a cat that was also inside the home at the time of the fire, the family pet eventually succumbed to its injuries, Craig added.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Contact Katie Nelson at knelson@bayareanewsgroup.com and follow her at Twitter.com/katienelson210.



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