Fire Forces Residents From Home

Fire Forces Residents From Home

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(KSL News) A fire forces two Salt Lake County residents from their home.

Despite that, they're grateful this morning for the brave firefighters who saved their cat.

The fire broke out on the bottom floor of a duplex at 2562 E. 7650 South, somewhere in the kitchen or living room.

When firefighers responded, one of the residents asked them to look for his cat.

12-year-old Moo was trapped in a bedroom on the second floor, hiding under the bed.

Fernando Rivero/ Firefigher who saved cat: "While we were doing our search we ran across the cat upstairs in the bedroom. (We) brought it outside. It wasn't breathing. We gave it a few breaths with oxygen and she started breathing, and now it looks like she's going to be okay."

The firefighters were able to get the flames out in a matter of minutes, keeping damage to a minimum.

They say had they gotten there a few minutes later, it would have been a total loss.

The investigation into the cause is underway, but resident Norm Keefer has a good idea what started the sparks.

Norm Keefer/ Resident: "I got the craving for some french fries and I started heating up the oil on the stove. Realized I was out of potatoes, so I ran to the store real quick. Meantime, my roommate hadn't noticed that the oil had gone up in flames."

Although out of a home this morning, Keefer says he's just grateful that Moo is still alive. And he is taking him to a veteranarian for a full check up.

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