More Than a Dozen Cats Pulled From Burning California Home

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Firefighters retrieved an estimated 15 to 20 cats and kittens from a burning house in Lancaster, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reports. No people were injured in the fire, though it is unclear how many of the felines are expected to survive.


"The firefighters did a heroic effort in saving those cats," Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Scott Polgar told told KTLA-TV.

More than two dozen firefighters worked to extinguish the fire in about 30 minutes. Rescuers on the scene gave the felines oxygen and even performed CPR on some of the animals.

A woman who arrived at the house around the same time as the firefighters appeared to be the caretaker of the cats and was seen helping administer oxygen to one of them.

"She was actually giving the cats mouth-to-mouth, from what I remember at the scene. I'm not sure if the cat has survived or not, but she was trying to do her best to save the cat," Polgar said.

The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.

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