MACEDONIA, Ohio — A cat rescued from a trailer fire was revived by firefighters with the help of an animal rescue kit and specially designed pet-sized oxygen mask.
Tuesday afternoon, firefighters were called to the trailer home fire on North Bedford Road.
According to Fire Chief Tim Black, no one was home at the time.
After crews extinguished the blaze, they began searching for any four-legged victims. They quickly located and pulled two deceased cats and a deceased bird from the home.
A third cat was found unconscious, but still breathing. Firefighters put the specially designed oxygen mask on the cat, after which he started showing more signs of life.
The pet kit was on a responding Northfield Fire Department’s truck.
“They`ve saved many animals. A life is a life to a firefighter,” said Cpt. Brian Ripley, Macedonia Fire Department.
The cat was taken by emergency officials to Macedonia Veterinary Clinic where he was stabilized and put into an oxygen therapy tank. The cat was then transferred to an emergency clinic in Bedford Heights for monitoring.
According to Chief Black, the cat was treated like any other patient during the emergency. Fire personnel called the clinic while en route with condition updates.
The cat is expected to make a full recovery, but is currently distressed.
The fact that he even survived though is a huge comfort to his family who lost everything in the fire. A couple other cats were also located by firefighters at the scene. They had apparently escaped during the blaze.
“They`re devastated with the events yesterday, but happy they have at least some of their animals to comfort them,” said Cpt. Ripley.
It’s estimated approximately 40,000 pets die each year in fires.
Many animal humane groups have been donating the $75 dollar kits to fire departments across the country. Cpt Ripley said that’s how this kit came into use in their area.
Their hope is that every truck someday could be outfitted with the kits.
“It’s very important to citizens in this country. Our pets are part of our family,” said Cpt. Ripley.
The trailer is considered a total loss.
The cause is unknown, but Chief Black said it appears to be electrical.