SHALIMAR, Fla. (WALA) – Ocean City-Wright Firefighters in Florida saved the lives of several cats in a two-alarm house fire.
Firefighters arrived to the scene around 5 p.m. Thursday, July 17 at the fire on Hickory Avenue in Shalimar.
The resident reported the fire when they returned home and saw smoke coming from the eaves. The caller said they tried to put out the fire with a garden hose and was able to get one cat from the home.
Firefighters were able to rescue several more cats from the home. Some of the cats needed immediate medical attention. The firefighters worked side by side with Okaloosa County EMS members to save the cats.
They said they gave them IV’s and provided respirations through special masks.
Officials said the cats are doing well and expected to make a full recovery.
No firefighters or residents were injured in the fire. The cause is still under investigation by the state fire marshall.
Authorities said this wasn’t their first animal rescue call that day. Another truck helped make a makeshift bridge to save a dog trapped in a marsh area.