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article imageCat receives breath of life after fire destroys home in Oregon

By Megan Hamilton     Dec 15, 2014 in Odd News
Prineville - With flames crackling in the windows of an Oregon home and time growing short, firefighters battled the blaze and struggled to save three dogs and a cat trapped in the home.
The firefighters were able to get the dogs out reasonably quickly, going inside and letting them out through a back door, but the cat was still inside, NBC News reported.
The woman who lives at the two-story home was out of town and her son was in school, neighbors say. Several people tried to save the family's three dogs, KTVZ reported.
"I tried to go in and get them, but I know better than to open a burning door," said one neighbor, Laurel Russell. "I figured they'd be dead."
When crews arrived, they found the upstairs engulfed in flames and the downstairs full of smoke, said Crook County Deputy Fire Chief Casey Kump.
Firefighters found the cat about 15 minutes after they rescued the dogs, KTVZ reports.
They thought for sure that the cat was done for as it lay unmoving on the lawn for several minutes.
Then Russell noticed something.
"When I looked over there, I saw its chest was barely moving, so I went over, scooped that sucker up and gave it mouth-to-mouth," she said, per KTVZ. "And it came out of it and started breathing."
She took all four animals to a local veterinary clinic, and all of them appear to be in good health, she said.
Two fire engines, a medic and eight firefighters responded. Although they were able to contain the fire to the upstairs, but there is significant water damage to the first floor, MyCentralOregon reports. The house is considered to be a total loss.
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