Crews rescue pets from house blaze
almost lost one of its nine lives when it had to be rescued by
firefighters after a blaze broke out in the kitchen of a house.
Sheppey crews were called to the fire at a terraced house in
Invicta Road, Sheerness, at 11.10am on Tuesday.
It had started in a tumble-dryer.
The family was not at home at the time but their three cats and
dog were inside the house.
Crews with breathing apparatus were sent in and were able to
find two of the cats and the dog but are unsure what happened to
the third feline.
Watch manager Tony Fox said one of the animals was found in a
bedroom and at first firefighters thought it was dead.
However, they rushed it outside and after it was given oxygen it
started to come round.
Both cats were taken to Well Pets in Sheerness, where they were
still being treated as we went to press.
The dog was also affected by the smoke but did not need to go to
The tumble-dryer was destroyed and the kitchen was badly
The rest of the house was also severely smoke damaged and crews
had to use a fan to ventilate the house.
Although firefighters are not certain what caused the blaze, it
is thought it could have been that the clothes in the dryer
over-heated or because it had recently been moved, the vent could
have been blocked.
Mr Fox added that the fire spread rapidly across the polystyrene
tiles in the kitchen.
The fire crew was at the scene for about an hour-and-a-half.
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