Cat Wakes Pregnant Woman After House Catches Fire

A woman six or seven months pregnant with twins and a man were saved from their burning Wonder Lake house Sunday – by a pet cat.”She was pregnant and uncomfortable and fell asleep on the couch, so he just said ‘I’ll just leave her there,’ ” said Asst. Chief Mike Weber of the Wonder Lake Fire Protection District. “He then had a glass of milk or something like that and then he fell asleep.”

The fire broke out around midnight. The first units on the scene in the 7600 block of Brook Drive reported an involved fire with flames showing from the back of the house, but it was under control in about 20 minutes, according Lt. Chuck Baxa of the Wonder Lake Fire Protection District.The man and woman were outside when emergency crews arrived. Both the cat – who pestered the man until he woke up and noticed the smoke – and a dog also made it out safely, he said.

The fire was mostly contained to a back bedroom where it appeared to have started, Baxa said. But there was smoke and heat damage throughout the house and it was declared uninhabitable, he said.Damage was estimated at more than $50,000.The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it appears accidental, Baxa said.

It was unclear whether there were functioning smoke detectors. It’s possible that the fire had taken them out before crews arrived, Weber said.”Usually when we arrive we can hear the smoke detectors,” he said. “We couldn’t hear them.”
Crews also responded from Richmond, Hebron, Spring Grove, Woodstock, McHenry Township, Crystal Lake, Fox Lake, Nunda Rural, Cary, Marengo Rescue, and Twin Lakes, Wis.



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tamara
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 04:35:08

    “Thanks be to CAT…..”


  2. ivan
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 04:36:35

    Thanks be to God that all in the house are ok


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