Cat Thanks Firefighters After Fire at her Home

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Tina the cat cuddles with Franktown, CO firefighter Lieutenant Ryan Potton on the morning after a fire at her family’s home.
Franktown Fire Department photo


“Hwy 83 Fire: All animals from fire were unharmed. Cat thanked firefighters.” – That’s the caption the Franktown, Colorado Fire Department attached to the heartmeltingly sweet photo seen above, in a tweet on June 10.

Tina’s family’s large home was completely destroyed by a fire the previous night that brought a large firefighter response and shut down Hwy 83 for a while. Firefighters were still hosing down smoking embers the morning after the blaze.

Th fire department made this brief report on the fire at Facebook: “Franktown received call a residential structure fire at Hwy 83 and Steeplechase. Fire units quickly responded and saw a large residential structure (4000 sq foot) fire fully involved. Non-hydranted area. Tenders needed to haul water from 7 miles away. No injuries. Crews kept fire from spreading to nearby structures. House cat was saved and horses were transported to another location to avoid smoke inhalation. Cause is under investigation. Elizabeth Fire, Castle Rock Fire, and South Metro Fire were mutual-aid departments.”

Tina’s family was not at home when the fire broke out and they were worried about Tina’s safety when they didn’t see her outside. Tina was safe and sound, curled up in one of Franktown’s fire trucks overnight after firefighters helped her to escape from her burning home. The following morning, she climbed up on the lap of Lieutenant Ryan Potton. She was later reunited with her family.





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