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Firefighters Rescue Cats from House Fire

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Engine 8 fireman Mike Satorie gives oxygen to a cat

Lincoln, Nebraska firefighters tended to 3 cats at the scene of a house fire today, and a striking series of photos captured the action.

The cats were home alone when fire broke out and were rescued from the house and then treated with pet oxygen masks on the chrome bumper of a fire truck for about 15 minutes.

An animal control officer took the cats to be checked by a vet, and all are said to be ok.

The masks were donated to the fire department recently by Second Chance Pups, a program that pairs shelter dogs with inmates at the Nebraska State Penitentiary.

“We keep a few on each of our apparatus in the event that we run into a situation like we did today,” Lincoln Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Pat Borer said.

“We know how much a pet is part of someone’s family,” said Lincoln Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Tim Linke.

The woman living in the apartment at 1522 D St. in Lincoln left candles burning Thursday night, and the candles are thought to have burned down and started the fire in a pile of magazines.

Good Samaritan Kent Rinne was driving by when he spotted smoke coming from a window and stopped to help. Rinne asked a woman if anyone had called 911 yet and if anyone might be home. He was told the cats might be inside.

Rinne took a garden hose and kicked in the door in an attempt to fight the fire. He told the Journal Star he may have inadvertently fueled the fire by giving it oxygen when he opened the door.

Firefighters arrived moments later and had the fire out in nine minutes, but there was considerable damage to the apartment and its contents.

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Truck 1 fireman Dallas Fletcher carries a cat with a blanket caught in its claws from the scene of the fire

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Photos Gwyneth Roberts/ Lincoln Journal Star <via>




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    July 20, 2013 12:31 pmPosted 9 months ago
    Patti Richards

    THANK YOU to these heroes for saving the cats. Pet Oxygen Masks are so important to have on fire/rescue vehicles. Thank you for having them and using them!

    What a nice story.

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  • July 22, 2013 3:54 pmPosted 9 months ago
    William Hamel

    Very good job buddy these actions make our lives exciting and rewarding.

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    July 25, 2013 10:28 pmPosted 8 months ago
    Candace

    Gotta love the Firemen!!!! They ALWAYS help out the animals!!!! Thanks Guys!!!

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