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.