ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Crews responded to a fire at 434 West Clinton Street in the City of Elmira on Wednesday. 

According to first responders on scene, the home is a duplex apartment. The fire is believed to have started in the back under a wooden stairwell. 

There were people inside at the time, but they were able to get out safely; however, firefighters on scene say they are searching for a cat that is unaccounted for. 

Officials are investigating whether or not this fire was set intentionally.