Effingham, Ill. – Earlier today first responders were called to residential fire that ended in a total loss to property.
However, in a different turn of events, they found and saved a small kitten.
Photos were submitted to us by the Shumway Fire Department following the fire showing the kitten being saved.
Shumway Fire Battalion Chief, Justin Quandt was contacted for further comment, however there was not an immediate response.
UPDATE (7:35 a.m) In recent update, the Shumway Fire Protection District released a press release following Yesterday’s fire.
According to Quandt, “The homeowners were at home during the discovery of the fire and were able to escape without harm, but had been unable to locate their cat.”
During the fire, they were unable to reach the part of the residence where the cat was located until most of the fire was extinguished.
At the time there was a reported “meow heard coming from the area of a bedroom located in the back of the residence.“
Those responding were able to safely retrieve the cat, and administer oxygen with a special pet oxygen mark.
After being recovered, the cat received further treatment for smoke inhalation by the Walton & Harmann Veterinary Clinic.
According to the release, “the cat, although traumatized, had made a full recovery and was in good health.”