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Cocoa firefighters extinguish blaze, resuscitate pet cat

Photo courtesy of FLORIDA TODAY
Photo courtesy of FLORIDA TODAY

COCOA, Fla. – Fast-acting firefighters arrived at a burning house within four minutes, brought the fire under control three minutes later, and rescued and resuscitated an unconscious pet cat, Cocoa Deputy Fire Chief Jonathan Lamm said.

The fire was reported at 7:50 p.m. on Parkway Street, a short residential road just north of the Central Brevard Library and Reference Center, News 6 partner FLORIDA TODAY reports.

Heavy flames and smoke were present when firefighters arrived. A neighbor alerted them that the homeowner was not there — but two pet cats were trapped inside.

One cat "self-escaped," Lamm said. However, firefighters spotted the other cat lying inside near the front door, unmoving and overcome by fumes.

They entered the burning home, scooped up the cat and carried it to the front lawn, where they used a pet-sized oxygen mask to revive the animal.

Lamm said the burned home was a total loss, and he estimated damages at $30,000. The fire apparently broke out in the kitchen, and the cause remains under investigation.

Cocoa police shut down a section of Forrest Avenue while firefighters battled the blaze.