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Cat Rescued During Basement Fire in Reading

By JASON BATZ, Correspondent | January 09, 2020 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 010920114

Reading, PA - On the cold morning of January 9th, the Berks County Department of Emergency Services received a call from 1318 Olive Street reporting a fire in their basement. Box Alarm 0902 was transmitted while the call takers advised the occupants to flee from the burning home.

Engine 9 arrived with smoke showing from a two-story, single-family dwelling. Firefighters stretched a hose line into the dwelling and located a fire in the basement. The occupants advised the firefighters that all had made it outside with the exception of a cat. Crews searched the building and located the feline, which was given oxygen via "PET" mask and successfully revived.

The fire was placed under control at 9:56 A.M., with no other injuries. The Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.

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