Firefighters Rescue and Revive Cat at Scene of Spokane House Fire

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Firefighter Bridget Luby, left, holds an oxygen mask on Chief, a 10-year-old cat belonging to Haley Major, right, outside the heavily damaged house on Eighth Avenue near Napa Street on Thursday. The cat was rescued from a fire at the home.
Photo, Jesse Tinsley


Spokane, WA firefighters rescued three dogs and a cat from a house fire in the city’s South Hill neighborhood on Thursday afternoon.

One person out of five in the household was home, but got out safely after a fire that began in the back yard spread to the house.

Firefighters found the 10 year old cat, Chief, hiding in the basement and treated him for smoke inhalation with a pet oxygen mask.  “I was scared he wasn’t going to make it because he was downstairs,” the cat’s guardian Haley Major said. Chief is expected to make a good recovery.

Local veterinarians donated pet oxygen masks to the Spokane Fire Department in 2010 to help cats, dogs and other small animals, according to Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer.



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