Firefighters Rescue Home-Alone Cat from House Fire

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The cat rescued from an Arlington, VA house fire gets oxygen from a pet oxygen mask early Wednesday morning.
Photo via Arlington county Fire Department


No one was home but the cat in the photo when fire broke out at a townhouse in the Bancroft neighborhood of Arlington, VA early this morning.

Flames were shooting out a top floor window when Arlington County firefighters arrived at the home at around 5am today.

Arlington County Fire Department spokeswoman Lt. Sarah-Maria Marchegiani said the fire was quickly extinguished but firefighters found the cat in the house, suffering from  respiratory distress and foaming at the mouth due to smoke inhalation.  The firefighters brought the cat outside, placed him on a stretcher and gave him oxygen using a pet oxygen mask before transporting him to an emergency veterinary center, where he was listed in stable condition later in the day.

The cat’s family were away on vacation and will return to find $50,000 worth of damage and their rescued cat.




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