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Fauquier firefighters save cat with tiny breathing mask

Monday, May. 5 | By Julie Taylor
The pet oxygen mask may have saved the cat's life.
A cat kept all nine of its lives today, as it suffered from smoke inhalation, then was revived using a specially fitted pet oxygen mask.

A little before 1:45, area a home in the Warrenton Lakes subdivision caught fire.

"Members from the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Company rescued the animals from the home and began to revive one of the animals," said WVFC fire chief Sam Myers. "Crews remembered that the New Baltimore unit had the animal oxygen device and quickly worked with their driver to retrieve the equipment."

They carried out a cat who was not breathing, but luckily, the department just started stocking their vehicles with pet oxygen masks.

"It was able to bring a cat back," said Assistant Chief Paul Holsinger said. "The cat was shaken up but breathing good."

The fire, which started in the basement, is under investigation. The flames damaged two rooms in the house's basement as well as its front.

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