Fire investigators say 16 people were displaced in a house fire in northeast Spokane.

The Hillyard home at Regal and Olympic has been converted into multiple apartments. Fire there broke out just after 5 p.m.

When firefighters arrived, they saw heavy fire and smoke coming from the roof. Crews were able to put the fire out quickly.

Julie Firzlaff, who lives there, says the scene was terrifying.

"All of a sudden we hear someone yell 'fire, fire!' and, of course, the panic button went off on all of us so we are running around trying to find our animals," Firzlaff said.

One cat did die in the fire. The cause is under investigation.