WAYNE, NJ (1010 WINS/AP) – A fire that officials believe began in an outside light fixture Monday night quickly spread through a home in Wayne killing nearly five dozen cats.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones speaks with neighbors who say they didn’t know so many cats lived at the home

The homeowner and a neighbor rescued some of the felines as flames destroyed the home at 14 Piermont Terrace. The 66-year-old homeowner devoted her life to rescuing cats.

“She was an animal lover,” Wayne Fire Investigator Scott Corman said.

A neighbor told 1010 WINS the homeowner had to be held back from running into the burning building to rescue more of the animals. Neighbors said they did not know exactly how many animals were being sheltered in the home however, officials believe there must have been as many as 60 cats.

It took firefighters from three fire companies two hours to get the upper hand on the flames.

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