Firefighters Reunite Woman with Her Cat at Fire Scene

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Cindy Piscopo hugs her cat Zack after he was found by a firefighter and returned to her.
Photo, Kathy Willens/AP


A woman whose home burned in a 5 alarm fire on Staten Island early Thursday was reunited with her cat after firefighters found the wet feline and handed him to her.

Cindy Piscopo’s first floor townhouse unit burned in a massive fire on Staten Island, New York in the early hours of June 5 that brought over 200 firefighters to the scene, battling the fire for several hours. Three multi-family townhouse residential buildings burned and dozens of people were treated at local hospitals for injuries ranging from minor to serious. Early figures had 23 firefighters and 11 civilians injures, with numbers expected to rise.

Cindy escaped her home with her 12 year old daughter when an upstairs neighbor pounded on the door and yelled for her to get out.

“I saw fire upstairs and flames shooting out of the side of the building” and an adjacent townhouse, she said. “The top floors are gone from both buildings.”

Firefighter Lou Femia discovered Cindy’s cat Zack outside behind the burning buildings and returned him to her waiting arms. Between the night’s rains and the water used to fight the fire, Zack was soaking wet but apparently unharmed.



2 thoughts on “Firefighters Reunite Woman with Her Cat at Fire Scene”

  1. Firefighters!!!! Boom!! They’re the real hero’s and protectors of our societies. God bless them all.

  2. Love those firefighters!!!!!! They always come through for the cats and everyone else!!!! They are the BEST!!!!!!

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