Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Public safety

Three cats, boa constrictor rescued from Tampa house fire

TAMPA — Tampa firefighters administered oxygen to three cats rescued from a fire at a two-story home Tuesday afternoon.

The cats, named Luna, Bonnie and Leo, were trapped in the house at 907 E. 23rd Ave. along with Melsuine, a pet boa constrictor.

Heavy smoke was coming from both floors and the roof of the home when Tampa Fire Rescue crews responded at 12:40 p.m. Firefighters found no people inside, but rescued the four pets.

The cats were taken to a rescue unit where they were given oxygen, all making a full recovery, authorities said.

The animals were returned to their owner Tania Jimenez, 31.

The fire, which caused significant damage to the home, was declared under control within 15 minutes.

No injuries were reported. The cause and origin is under investigation by the Tampa Fire Marshal's office.

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