Volunteer firefighters from a small community just north of Waco, Texas rescued a newborn kitten following a residential fire, then reunited the baby with the family the following day.
Elm Mott Volunteer Fire & Rescue wrote about the rescue at Facebook Saturday night, saying:
“Our crews responded to a structure fire earlier this evening. First arriving trucks reported a mobile home with the C-Side engulfed in flames, shortly after arriving the structure flashed. Crews quickly knocked down the flames and began to overhaul the structure, during the overhaul one of our firefighters found a lone survivor among the debris and embers who she has appropriately dubbed “Smokey”…. The rewarding part of what we do is when a life can be saved and a difference is made… Congratulations to Candy Wilshire on her save! Also, a big thank you to Lacy Lakeview Fire Department and Bellmead Fire Department!”
Candy added: “She is home with me has been fed and is resting peacefully My first save and means so much to me. The littlest things mean the most.”
The residents, who were not home at the time of the fire, found Mama cat nearby, and the family reclaimed the kitten from Elm Mott Volunteer Fire & Rescue on Sunday.
WacoTrib updated the story today with details on the kitten’s reunion with its family, writing that the kitten was returned to the family at the fire department’s annual fish fry fundraiser. The Waco-Trib site noted that a man and his granddaughter came to the fish fry, established themselves as the kitten’s owners and were reunited with the little survivor.
Adrian Huff of the Lacy Lakeview VFD said the kitten was cold and wet from water used to fight the fire when it was rescued by Elm Mott Volunteer Fire & Rescue after neighbors said they thought there might be some puppies inside the home. Huff said the kitten was found next to a deceased littermate, “and the one that survived was barely clinging to life.”
Fire department spokesman Andy Hopkins said the mobile home was a total loss.
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