A California fire crew used one of their pet oxygen masks for this first time Wednesday night, when they revived a Persian cat found unconscious in its burning home.
Firefighters with the Murrieta, CA Fire Department responded to a house fire Wednesday at about 11 pm after decorative lights set some bedroom curtains on fire, igniting the blaze, according to Fire Department spokesman Matt Correlli.
“When they arrived, a room on the second story was on fire with smoke visible from the window,” Corelli said.
The fire was quickly extinguished but the cat lay unconscious under a dresser in the smoke filled room, and was found during a search of the home.
“The cat was not moving and had labored breathing,” Corelli said. “After receiving some oxygen, the cat perked right up.”
The cat is the first pet helped since the Fire Department received pet oxygen masks, which were donated by California Veterinary Specialists of Murrieta in September of 2012.