Cat Rescued From NJ House Fire

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Scott Mortensen, a Dumont firefighter and family friend of the homeowners, removes a cat from the home.
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A cat was rescued from a  New Jersey house fire last week by a firefighter who happened to be a family friend.

Dumont, NJ firefighters were on the scene of a house fire within minutes of getting several calls reporting heavy smoke late in the morning on Thursday, August 8.  The heavily involved fire was quickly extinguished and responders removed the cat, a parrot and two dogs from the house. The dogs, unfortunately, perished despite efforts to revive them at the scene.  The human residents were not home at the time of the fire.

Fire Chief Matthew Banta said the cat and parrot were both expected to recover fully from the effects of being in the burning home.

The Dumont FD was assisted by emergency responders from nearby towns.

The Dumont, NJ Fire Department made this report:

Fully Involved Kitchen Fire
Thursday, August 8, 2013

At 11:15 hours Dumont Police began receiving numerous calls reporting smoke coming from a house on Romano Drive. Chief Banta Car 210 arrived and confirmed a working fire at 60 Romano Drive. Chief Byrd (Car 211) located and relayed the location of the fire being the kitchen with heavy fire venting out the rear of the home. Engine 3 arrived first due and its crew stretched an attack line through the front door of the home aggressively attacking the fire. Engine 1 arrived second due and laid a 5 inch supply line to Engine 3, its crew was put to work conducting a primary search on the first floor and securing the utilities. Rescue 3’s crew went to work opening up the fire room for Engine 3. Cresskill Rescue’s crew arrived and were put to work conducting a primary search of the second floor and checking for fire extension (negative). Engine 4’s crew was detailed with opening up the first floor and checking for extension. Truck 2’s crew arrived and performed ventilation as well as a secondary search.

Quick work was made of the fire however unfortunately two dogs that were removed from the house perished. Attempts to revive them by Dumont Police and firefighters failed. A cat and a parrot were however rescued.

Mutual aid to the scene consisted of a FAST Team from Tenafly and a Rescue from Cresskill. Bergenfield and New Milford FD each sent an Engine to the firehouses to provide coverage. Two BLS Ambulances from Dumont were on scene along with a BLS Ambulance from Cresskill and ALS 211 out of Englewood Hospital. All units were back in service by 13:00 hours. Chief Banta was command.

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