Cat is Rescued from Virginia Townhouse Fire

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Marcus was rescued by firefighters on Monday from a fire at the attached row of townhouses that includes his owner’s single family home.

Fairfax County, Virginia Fire and Rescue Department units responded to the townhouse complex fire on Monday at approximately 4:15 p.m., in the Reston area of Fairfax County.

Marcus, who is described as an older  male tabby, was removed from his home by firefighters. Rescue crews gave him oxygen using a pet oxygen mask and Animal Control took him to his veterinarian’s office as a precaution.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of the two-story, end-unit townhouse on Golf Course Drive upon arrival, and conducted an aggressive fire attack from both the exterior and interior, bringing the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes. There was also moderate fire extension to the adjacent townhouse. All of the human occupants escaped unharmed prior to firefighters arriving. A total of five people from both affected townhouses were displaced. The Red Cross offered support but the residents declined. No one was injured in the fire, which originated on the rear deck and caused an estimated $180,000 worth of damage.

 

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