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Cats rescued from house fire

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Firefighters give oxygen to cat rescued from fire (Source: Brick Lewis) Firefighters give oxygen to cat rescued from fire (Source: Brick Lewis)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Working to save a life with the same urgency given to a human, Columbia firefighters saved three cats rescued in a house fire Monday afternoon.

Brick Lewis with the Columbia Fire Department says the cats were rescued from a burning home on Heidt Street near Gervais Street. Firefighters were called to the house just after 3 p.m. Monday.

Although no humans were injured, firefighters administered CPR to thee cats rescued from the home.  They used a specialized oxygen mask designed for pets that was donated to the fire department.

Lewis says nobody was home at the time of the fire, other than the pets, and some "did not make it." Lewis didn't know how many pets perished in the fire.

Tracy Kage with Well Pets After Hours Urgent Care tells WIS a Richland County EMS worker brought three cats into the clinic Monday afternoon.

"Unfortunately, one of the cats had to be humanely euthanized as its injuries were too severe to treat," says Kage.  "However we are treating two other cats for their injuries and are hopeful that there will be a good outcome."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.  Damage is estimated at $12,500.

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