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Cats rescued from Oswaldtwistle blaze receive oxygen
11:16am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
PETS including a kitten, cat, dog and turtle were rescued from a burning house.
Firefighters saved the animals from a house in Havelock Street, Oswaldtwistle, where the ground floor fire had shattered a window.
The dog and turtle were upstairs, while the kitten and cat were found in the living room where fire chiefs believe an electrical fan heater had been left on.
The cats were given oxygen outside and taken to a vet’s for assessment, along with the other animals.
Two fire engines arrived shortly after 1pm yesterday after neighbour Shane Breare called 999. The occupiers were out.
The 24-year-old tiler said: “I was just sat in my house when I heard a really loud bang.
“It was quite shocking and so I went outside to see what it was.
“I noticed smoke coming out of the windows and could smell burning and called the fire brigade straight away.”
Acting crew manager Chris Archer said: “When we arrived, there was a large, well developed fire on the ground floor that had broken through the window. The animals were all found pretty quickly and sent to the vets.
“Luckily, no-one was inside and the pets were all found.
“We are investigating the cause of the fire but at this stage, it looks as though it was caused by an electrical fan heater that was left plugged in in the front room next to combustible materials.”
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