Long Beach firefighters rescued an elderly woman’s cat from a house fire in a neighborhood near the Traffic Circle early Tuesday morning, according to authorities.
The blaze started in a house on De Oro Way near Euclid Avenue around 4 p.m., prompting crews to rush to the scene, Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Capt. Jack Crabtree said.
The woman who lives there had already gotten out by the time firefighters arrived, but her cat was still inside, according to authorities.
Once they found the cat inside, they gave it oxygen from a mask to help it breathe after getting out of the smoke, Crabtree said.
Firefighters then quickly doused the fire, which did significant damage to the home.
The woman wasn’t hurt in the blaze, but she and her cat were both displaced because of the damage. The Red Cross and animal control are helping find them places to stay, Crabtree said.
Authorities are still trying to determine what caused the blaze.
LBFD units on scene at a house fire, rendering aid to the owners pet cat while Firefighters are working hard to extinguish the fire. Red Cross is assisting the displaced owner with food and shelter. #YourLBFD
Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor of the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or @jeremiahdobruck on Twitter.
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