YONKERS - Heavy smoke from a mattress fire caused the evacuation of a building in Yonkers this morning.

Fire officials say they got a call just after 9 a.m. about a fire at 1116 Warburton Ave. Neighbors say 40-foot flames were shooting out of the fourth-floor apartment before crews knocked down the fire.

About 10 animals lived in the apartment and while most made it out, several cats died in the blaze.

One woman living in the apartment was taken to the hospital to be checked out for smoke inhalation. Another man living in the apartment refused medical treatment at the scene.

Fire marshals are still investigating the cause of the blaze.