LOOK WHAT I SAW:
At approximately 12:30 this afternoon firefighters were called to a report of a residential fire in Oregon City Oregon. The fire was called in by a passerby who noticed heavy smoke coming from the residence. Upon arrival firefighters noticed the house to be full of black smoke and quickly made entry to locate and extinguish the fire. Once inside, crews were able to locate and extinguish the fire in the kitchen area and perform a search of the building to ensure everyone was out. While performing the search, firefighters located two cats in an second story room that were unconscious. The cats were removed from the building and treatment was initiated using a pet resuscitation device that is carried on all Clackamas Fire emergency response apparatus. After a few minutes of high flow oxygen and medical care the cats regained consciousness and appeared more alert. The cats were taken by the homeowners son to The Cats Meow Cat Clinic in Oregon City for further evaluation and treatment. The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time.
The pet resuscitation kits that are carried by emergency response apparatus are designed for both cats and dogs and is a plastic cone that is designed to fit over the animals mouth and nose. The unit is then connected to an oxygen cylinder, allowing high flow oxygen to be delivered to the animal. This incident is the second time in two months that this piece of equipment has been used by Clackamas Firefighters to successfully resuscitate a cat.