Quick response by firefighters save the house -- and also saved a number of cats and kittens, too

DAVID F. ASHTON - A tiny black kitten in the glove of this firefighter weakly and plaintively mewed while being rescued.   Because of the speedy arrival of firefighters just after noon on Monday, July 18, a house at 5324 S.E. Lambert Street was saved with only minor fire damage.

The dispatch was at 12:40 p.m., and first to arrive was the Ladder Truck Company from Woodstock Fire Station 25, and Hawthorne Fire Station 9's Engine Company. Arriving crews reported smoke rising from the house, and from an attic vent.

Using their onboard water supply while hooking a supply line to a hydrant, firefighters quickly found the fire inside and put it out. Simultaneously, other crew members checked for fire victims in the house, but found that all had safely escaped.

"This incident was a pile of clothes on fire in a laundry room," said PF&R Public Information Officer Lt. Damon Simmons. "We're happy to report that firefighters rescued six cats, some of them kittens." He added that no injuries were reported and, because the damage was light, the residents were able to stay in their home.

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