Wednesday, August 18, 2010

More Than 20 Cats Perish In Toronto House Fire

More than 20 cats died from smoke inhalation Wednesday afternoon when a home went up in flames.
The fire started around 1:30 p.m. at a house on Burnfield Ave., near Ossington Ave. and Dupont St. The homeowner called emergency officials after noticing smoke pouring out from between the stacked washer and dryer at the back of the house, said Toronto Fire Capt. Mike Strapko.
“He grabbed a fire extinguisher and tried to put it out, but the smoke kept coming,” Strapko said.
By the time firefighters arrived at the two-alarm blaze, the kitchen was fully engulfed. The fire was knocked down quickly, but more than 20 of the family’s pet cats were killed.
“One of the cats was burnt so bad it had to be euthanized on scene,” Strapko said.
Firefighters were able to save four of the family’s pets, including two kittens.
“These people were pet lovers,” Strapko said. “They were an important part of their family.”
No one was injured in the fire, which Strapko estimated caused about $400,000 in damage throughout the house. He said the home was equipped with working smoke alarms on each floor.
*Taken from the Toronto Star.

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