Two people and almost two dozen cats escaped a fire at their home in Calgary, Alberta.
The blaze broke out around 5 a.m. Monday morning and quickly spread from its starting place in a closet space to the attic of the attached garage.
The homeowner, a volunteer with Pound Rescue, a local pet charity, was giving shelter to the cats until they found adoptive homes.
When fire crews arrived, smoke was coming from the roof. Thankfully it didnt go unnoticed as sometimes those fires do, said Brian McAsey of the Calgary Fire Department.
The homeowner was relieved that the cats were spared, but deferred comment to the charity.
R. J. Bailot, a spokesman for Pound Rescue said that it was not easy to get the cats out of the house. When the fire started and rescue efforts began, they panicked.
“That was a real fear, the cats getting out of the house, because when cats get scared, they want to hide,” said Bailot.
“Every single one was in the house. We were so worried about one, but the insurance [representative] found him in the rafters.”
Firefighters were able to confine the cats in rooms where the fire hadnt spread and quickly got the fire under control, McAsey said.
The cats from the house fire have all been placed into temporary homes, Bailot said.
“They’re all set up now. We had a quick response and our volunteers came to offer help,” said Bailot.
Pound Rescue is a volunteer-run organization that typically has about 200 cats in the care of foster homes in Okotoks and Calgary.
Officials continue to investigate the fire’s cause.