Sioux Falls firefighters took 40 minutes to get a house fire under control early Wednesday morning.
Authorities say firefighters were on scene at 1505 S. Ellis Road shortly after midnight and found the home's garage engulfed in flames.
The home's occupants evacuated before firefighters arrived. One dog and two cats were rescued from the home. Another cat died from smoke inhalation.
The home sustained moderate smoke damage. The Red Cross responded to assist the homeowners.