ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – Crews are on the scene of a large fire at a house near the Cathedral of St. Paul Tuesday afternoon.

The St. Paul Fire Department responded to the fire just after 11 a.m. at 251 Dayton Avenue in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood, across the street from the Cathedral. When firefighters arrived, they had to fight the blaze defensively from the exterior due to heavy fire and structural conditions deteriorating.

(credit: St. Paul Fire Department)

(credit: St. Paul Fire Department)

Firefighters had to set up aerial streams to fight the blaze from above and were dealing with low water conditions.

There have been no reports of injuries, but officials say two cats died in the fire. It’s not known if anybody was inside the home when the fire started.

The home was built in 1865. It’s most notable resident was Stanford Newel, a St. Paul lawyer who was the United States ambassador to the Netherlands from 1897 to 1905.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist the homeowners.