An east side homeowner ignored 9-1-1 dispatcher instructions to stay out of his home, where there was a kitchen fire Monday afternoon. He was on a mission to rescue his three cats, so he wrapped a towel around his head and went inside to get his pets. No injuries were reported.

The fire broke out just before 2:30 p.m. on Richard Street.

A pot of hot oil on the stove sparked the blaze, which did about $40,000 in damage.