VIRGINIA BEACH - A woman was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation after a fire in her Va. Beach home early Tuesday.

Battalion Chief James Ramsey says the 52-year-old was already outside when they arrived on Stancil Street in Princess Anne Plaza around 1:30 a.m.

Five of her 13 cats didn't survive, he added.

It took crews about 25 minutes to put out the fire that investigators say started in the kitchen.

It was accidental due to unattended cooking and caused extensive damage to two rooms, Chief Ramsey said.

He noted that there wasn't a working smoke detector in the single family home.

Chief Ramsey said it's important for people to have working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, especially this time of year when residents use their fire places and gas heaters are turned on.

Virginia Beach residents who need a smoke detector can call the fire department's 'Operation Smoke Detector' hotline at 471-5826, the main fire department number at 385-4228 or the fire station near you.

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