Two houses were badly damaged by a fire in Desborough this lunchtime.
The homes in Cypress Close suffered damage to their roofs after the fire took hold just after noon today (August 14).
The owners of both of the semi-detached properties were out at the time of the fire but firefighters managed to safely rescue a guinea pig called Fluffy.
Despite a national fire strike, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue managed to turn out two pumps to the blaze that occured in an uninhabited loft space.
Officer in charge, area manager Shaun Hallam said: “We were called by a member of the public just after 12.15pm.
“Two pumps attended and when we arrived the fire was still alight.
“We sent in four firefighters in breathing apparatus. Some of the roof has come down so it was a dangerous situation.
“The local residents have been very supportive and we will remain in attendance throughout the afternoon while we carry out investigations into the cause of the fire.”
Both roof spaces were damaged and one of the houses had minor damage to the first floor but firefighters managed to salvage valuables before they were further damaged.
Ann Fellowes, mum of a resident of one of the houses who was out at the time of the fire, said: “Everything in the house seems fine. Thankfully the firefighters managed to get here quickly enough.
“My daughter-in-law called and was so worried about the guinea pig, Fluffy, but thankfully he was rescued and is safe with neighbours.”