SAN PABLO (CBS SF) — A San Pablo woman suffered severe burns early Sunday morning when she re-entered a burning home to rescue a pet cat, fire officials said.

The fire was first reported at a residence at 2960 12th Street at about 2 a.m., according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

Arriving firefighters reported seeing heavy smoke and fire showing throughout the one-story home, officials said.

Three people were initially able to escape without being injured, but before firefighters arrived, a woman went back inside to try to rescue two pets, officials said.

The woman suffered severe burns and was taken to Doctors Medical Center. She was later transferred to Saint Francis Hospital Burn Center in San Francisco, officials said.

Firefighters were able to retrieve one cat, but a second died of smoke inhalation, officials said.

The fire was controlled in about 15 minutes and did not spread to neighboring structures.

The blaze, which caused an estimated $200,000 in damage, was likely ignited by an unattended candle in a bedroom, according to fire investigators.

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