Firefighters save kitten from duplex fire

August 20, 2010 2:27:25 PM PDT
Redwood City firefighters on Thursday evening prevented flames from spreading through a duplex and safely rescued a pet kitten from the smoke before bringing a one-alarm fire under control, according to fire officials.

Firefighters responded to the reported structure fire at 1134 Junipero Ave. at around 7:25 p.m. Thursday and found smoke coming out of the front door of one unit of a duplex, according to the Redwood City Fire Department.

Firefighters were told that one of the home's occupants had gone back inside to rescue a kitten, and this individual was found at the front entrance.

Firefighters eventually found the pet kitten and removed it from the burning home. The kitten was given some oxygen outside and then handed over to its family in excellent condition.

Flames were located in the master bedroom and quickly extinguished. Only minor smoke damage was reported outside the bedroom, which sustained burn damage from the flames.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental. What exactly caused the blaze remains under investigation.

Fire investigators estimated structural damage to be around $15,000 and damage to the home's contents to be around $5,000.

Units from the Belmont, San Carlos and Menlo Park fire departments and Cal Fire assisted in the emergency.


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