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By Tracy Clemons

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A fire left a north St. Louis woman homeless. To add insult to injury, her landlord boarded the house up with her pets still inside.

The fire was on North Euclid Monday afternoon, but the landlord didn't board the home up until Thursday. Six cats were trapped inside the home.

The woman who lived in this house didn't want to go on camera, but her sister did and had plenty to say.

She tells NewsChannel 5 they tried to get the cats out several times, but they were traumatized by the fire and scratched them whenever they tried to get them out.

Before they were able to get the cats out, the landlord boarded the house up.

The landlord wouldn't go on camera, but says the woman had ample time to get her things out, and should have gotten the cats too. He also says she wasn't supposed to have animals there in the first place.

"I'm not aware of that," says Velma Shelton. "But I am aware of this: she let him know that those cats were in there and he had it boarded up anyway. That's not humane to board live animals in a house. That's my thing. Why would you do that?"

The landlord says he had someone put traps down to try to catch the cats Friday. He says they're supposed to come back Saturday.