Fire on 11th Street, cats rescued

Bloomington Animal Care and Control officer James Pritchard puts a cat named Abby into a carrier at the scene of a house fire. Bloomington firefighters respond to a fire in a house in the 1500 block of W. 11th Street, Saturday, Oct., 12, 2019 in Bloomington, Ind. David Clark, who lives in the house, said he was cooking, and had oatmeal and beans on the stove when he noticed smoke coming from the ceiling above him, and a few seconds later there was a knock from the fire department, who had been called. Clark, and firefighters rescued an adult cat, and a kitten, two of three cats in the house. One kitten hid. A cat named Abby, and a kitten stayed warm in the back of a Bloomington Police Department cruiser until animal control arrived with carriers for the animals. “I just thank god I was home and awake,” said Clark. “It could have gone undetected.” Firefighters were called at 8:48 a.m. and arrived at 8:52 to find an attic fire in the rear of the house, said Bloomington Fire Department Capt, and acting Battalion Chief, Danny Gillespie. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire, and had it under control in 7 minutes. An investigator was enroute to determine the cause and origin of the fire. There were no injuries. First responders from IU Health, Bloomington Fire Dept., Animal Control, Duke, and Red Cross were on the scene. Clark said he hopes to only be out of his home for a few days, or weeks for repairs, because he really likes the home, which is affordable, and in a part of town that’s convenient for him. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

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