Firefighters Rescue Kittens from Fire Debris

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St. Johns County Fire Rescue firefighters Alton Robey, left, and Mike Pedigo, right, with three kittens rescued from a burning trailer.
Photo by Phillip Whitley/ St. Augustine Record

Firefighters saved three kittens from a deadly RV fire in St. Augustine, Florida Saturday morning.

St. Johns County Fire Rescue Station 12 and a crew from the St. Augustine Fire Department responded to a call Saturday morning for an RV trailer fire that sent black smoke and bright orange flames high into the air.

After subduing the main part of the fire, firefighters heard meowing and began searching the debris. They found two kittens and revived them with oxygen.  Then they found a third kitten.

If the kittens had not cried they might not have been saved, according to Alton Robey, an engineer and paramedic for St. Johns County Fire Rescue. “We heard the kittens meowing,” he said.

“We put them in a box, wrapped them in a towel,” Robey said. “They came back around pretty quick.”

The kittens had recently been born under the RV, and the cat caring for them – presumably their mother – perished in the fire.

The RV owner did not want the rescued kittens, so firefighters took it upon themselves to find them homes. They found homes for all three, with one going home with Alton Robey. Robey adopted the kitten he’d found and told the St. Augustine Record, “I have a little 2-year-old; She just got a new kitten.”

Robey is considering Lucky for the kitten’s name.

The fire kitten is Robey’s second cat adoption on the job.

The RV was destroyed in the fire.

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