Tarpon firefighters revive cat after house fire

Firefighters responded to a house fire Friday in Tarpon Springs and resuscitated the residents’ silver tabby cat.

Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue

Firefighters responded to a house fire Friday in Tarpon Springs and resuscitated the residents’ silver tabby cat.

Firefighters responded to a house fire Friday in Tarpon Springs and resuscitated the residents' silver tabby cat.

The fire started around 10 a.m. in a bedroom at 204 Peaceful Ridge Road, Deputy Fire Chief Donald Sayre said. Firefighters extinguished the flames, contained to the room, in minutes.

A couple and their three children escaped without injury, he said, but the feline, Explorer, had inhaled smoke.

"We took the cat outside and put an oxygen mask on his face," Sayre said. "He's back with his owners now."

The fire's cause was still under investigation Friday, he said, but does not appear to be suspicious. A damage estimate wasn't immediately available.

"We save pets whenever we can," he said. "They're part of the family."

Tarpon firefighters revive cat after house fire 05/17/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 17, 2013 11:14pm]

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