Owner escapes his burning house, but cat still inside

Published: Jun. 16, 2018 at 11:51 AM EDT
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A house fire early Saturday morning in the City of Escanaba at 408 South 18th Street.

Luckily no one was injured. Escanaba Public Safety says the homeowner able to get out, but his cat was still inside.

When firefighters arrived on the scene at 2:17 a.m., Saturday, heavy smoke had filled the upstairs of the home and smoke was rolling out of the eaves. Several minutes later the fire broke through the roof.

Once Escanaba Public Safety firefighters were in the attic space they were able to gain control of the fire. However due to the home’s construction, it took some time to fully extinguish the fire.

The home sustained extensive fire, water and smoke damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The homeowner’s name is not being released at this time. He was able to get out, thanks to a smoke alarm. Once awake, he saw smoke and flames coming from the attic. He left the house and called 911. However he was unable to find his cat.

Once the fire was under control, firefighters searched for the cat. They found the tabby and it appeared okay. The cat was turned over to the owner and Rampart EMS provided treatment for smoke inhalation.

Escanaba Public Safety was assisted on the scene by the Ford River Township Fire Department, Rampart EMS, Delta County Central Dispatch, Delta County Sheriff’s Department, Escanaba City Electric, DTE Energy and the American Red Cross.