Last Update: 4/22/2016 1:37:00 PM
Firefighters save 4 cats from fire at Windsor Township home
Windsor Township, PA - Four cats were saved from a two-alarm fire Tuesday at a Windsor Township home.
Jarrod Emes, deputy chief of the Hamburg Fire Company, said firefighters responded to the fire along Old Route 22 near Lenhartsville about 12:15 p.m.
Crews arrived to find fire showing from a side window on the first floor of the 11/2-story Cape Cod-style home, Emes said.
Firefighters found the cats when they entered the house at 2121 Old Route 22.
The pets were taken outside, where firefighters used masks designed to fit the animals' snouts to give them oxygen, Emes said. They were later taken to an animal hospital for treatment.
Emes said the department got the pet masks about a year ago, and it was the second or third time they've been used at a scene.
"The pet masks that we've been given have been a huge help to firemen until we can at least get the animals to a care facility," Emes said.
Crews contained most of the damage to one spare bedroom, bringing the fire under control within 45 minutes, Emes said. There was heavy smoke and heat damage throughout the home, he added.
Firefighters had to battle strong winds at the scene, Emes said, but the design of the home and closed doors helped thwart the flames. He also credited a motorist on Old Route 22 who recognized the fire and called 9-1-1.
No one was home at home at the time of the fire. According to online county records, the property is owned by Ronald E. Strausser.
Twenty-five firefighters from eight different companies aided Hamburg in fighting the blaze. There were no injuries, Emes said, and lack of water was not a problem.
Investigators from the state police at Hamburg determined the cause of the fire to be an accidental electrical malfunction. Damage was estimated at $25,000.
Crews were on the scene for about two hours. Old Route 22 was closed in the area for more than an hour.
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