Arlington, VA

(Updated at 12:20 p.m.) The basement of a home in Alcova Heights caught fire this morning.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the smoky blaze, which broke out just before 11:00 a.m. on the 3700 block of 8th Street S.

Police shut down roads in the area while firefighters from Arlington, Bailey’s Crossroads, Fairfax County and Fort Myer helped to put out the fire.

A cat was rescued from the blaze and brought to an ambulance, where it was eventually picked up by an animal control officer.

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