Plano firefighters save family cat

Last night, Plano Fire-Rescue responded to a one-alarm house fire on 14th Street in the east side of town. When they arrived, the garage was fully engulfed in flames and the entire home was filled with smoke.

The human residents managed to evacuate unharmed and crews quickly extinguished the fire.  However, upon searching the home, firefighters discovered a family cat that had suffered from smoke inhalation.

“They realized it was savable and were able to hand it off to a crew who then administered oxygen to it,” Department spokesperson Lt. Daniel Daly said. “They were able to revive the animal and hand it back over to the family.”

A local vet donated masks of different sizes to the department about six years ago.  Since then, they have been kept on the battalion chief’s vehicle that typically responds to major incidents where they will most likely be needed. The special masks can feed oxygen directly or through a hand pump.

While the equipment may not be used often, they are a godsend to those like this family who almost lost their beloved furry friend last night.

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