2013-02-21 / Front Page

Firefighters rescue cat from east-county blaze

By Erik Skindrud / GAZETTE EDITOR

A Ponderosa Basin cat is alive this week after firefighters pulled the pet from a burning, smoke-filled home on Harris Cutoff Road. The feline was "wheezing and unresponsive" on Tuesday evening before rescuers revived it with oxygen, Mariposa County Battallion Chief Jim Monty said. 

The home's human occupants escaped without injury. Multiple firefighting crews responded to the blaze, which severely damaged the structure's kitchen and living room.

See this week's MARIPOSA GAZETTE for more on the rescue and fire.

Volunteer firefighters Jennifer Radcliffe (left) and Tina Dearing administer oxygen to a cat that was overcome by smoke at a Ponderosa Basin fire on Tuesday evening.Volunteer firefighters Jennifer Radcliffe (left) and Tina Dearing administer oxygen to a cat that was overcome by smoke at a Ponderosa Basin fire on Tuesday evening.

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Bryce's time and effort paid

Bryce's time and effort paid off last night - a cat is alive and happy because of him! Thank you Bryce - you got the Fire Dept the tools needed for this job.

A big thanks to Bryce Good

A big thanks to Bryce Good who got all Mariposa County engines a set of pet oxygen masks (as his Eagle Scout project).

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