Edmonton Firefighters Rescue Kittens From House Fire

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Two kittens were doing well enough to be vocal about it when paramedics gave them oxygen and cleaned soot off of them at the scene of a residential fire last Monday.

Edmonton, Alberta firefighters rescued a pair of kittens from a house fire in the Riverdale section of the city on Monday night, June 24, 2013. Firefighters found the kittens during a search of the house, then paramedics gave them oxygen and cleaned them up at the scene. The kittens were taken to an animal hospital for followup care, and both are expected to make a good recovery.

The kittens were doing well enough when they were rescued to express themselves with repeated little mews while their rescuers checked them out and administered oxygen with pet oxygen masks, as seen in the video below.

Fire Capt. Don Gyepesi spoke with the Edmonton Journal about the kitten rescue for their story on the fire. “Like anything, it’s a good moment when [firefighters] find somebody alive or something alive in that kind of a situation,” he said. “As soon as they find an animal, they’ll leave — they’ll tell the crew they’ve gotta take it out.”

Firefighters arrived at the scene at about 10:45 and had the fire out in 15 minutes. Investigators said on Tuesday that the fire had been deliberately set. Two men renting the residence in a former corner store were recently served with an eviction notice that was posted on the door, and the building was slated for demolition in the near future. Edmonton police are investigating the incident as a crime of arson.

A third cat, sadly, did not survive.















<details on the story via Edmonton Journal. Images below the video derived from a CTV report)

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